Roco - Gravel Road Chardonnay 2017

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92 points - Vinous.  "Bright straw-yellow. Aromas of fresh pear and nectarine are complicated by orange zest, ginger and floral nuances. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering fresh pear, Meyer lemon and honeysuckle flavors that deepen on the back half. Hints of fennel and chamomile emerge on a long, subtly smoky finish that echoes the floral and citrus fruit notes. 20% new French oak."

2017 vintage was completely different from the previous three years when vintners harvested their grapes earlier than normal. The wet, cool spring delayed flowering until late June, setting the stage for a later harvest. Hot, dry conditions prevailed through the summer and fruit set was higher than average requiring thinning to ensure incredible wines. There is a fresh fruit component and complexity that emerges to the forefront in the wines.