This could end up my favorite vintage of this bottling to date. It has verve, balance, star-fruit, minerality and excitement. However, with this vineyard, its potential is only realized after several years’ bottle time. We are finding that the 1998 and 1999 vintages are drinking spectacularly right now. Often mistaken for white Burgundy, this site is certainly a proper place for Chardonnay. Happily, we will receive the first fruit from ex-Pinot Noir vines grafted to more of this Chardonnay material in 2005, so it will be slightly easier to obtain in the future.