For classic richer-style Chardonnay with great fruit to balance it out, I highly recommend Silverpoint. All from the very cool Petaluma Gap region (soon to be an AVA). Barrel fermented & aged on its lees, 50% new French oak, full malolactic. I know many lower ML Chardonnays that are heavier. Smell and taste roast hazelnut, lemon custard, caramel, grated lemon peel, sweet grapefruit and Granny Smith apple. With air more caramel/brown butter comes out plus a creamy texture and full body. A “kiss” of from-the-earth minerality on the 25 second finish.
I met Silverpoint Owners Barry Murphy and Rosemary Dunbar when they had their first wines in barrel in 2009. Now almost vintages deep into their winery careers, their enthusiasm for making unique, highest-quality wines grows every year. This 2015 Chardonnay and their 2013 Napa Valley Red are the best wines they’ve made to date. Don Van Staaveren, winemaker. He’s made the wines since Silverpoint’s beginning.