A bright shade of creamy yellow. Massive green apple, pear-sauce, candied yam and wet bark lay down a bouquet rich and opulent, creamed honey-butter and earth combining for a swell foundation.

In the mouth, a bitter edge on all that ripe buttery fruit tell you this is a big wine, but NOT to be confused with your mother’s Chardonnay. Green herbaceousness controls the middle, sparking a definite tie-in to the flintiness of the nose. Peaceful in substance while mouth-filling and ridiculously balanced, the finish is something of white-wine dreams, all the sharpness and sweetness and dankness working together.

This little producer needs to be on everybody’s radar. Oh, and the labels don’t suck either.

2016 BOLT TO WINES Roussanne Ballard Canyon Santa Ynez Valley Santa Barbara Co. California 13.5

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