Chardonnay, Sixto 'Frenchman Hills'
Sixto is the sixth label produced by the wildly eccentric Charles Smith and is a Chardonnay only label, dedicated to producing Grand Cru level chardonnay. This single vineyard Chardonnay comes from the Frenchman Hills vineyard known for its high elevation and cool climate. Like the Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy these vines hang low to the ground while benefiting from a near perfect exposure. Often compared to the best wines from the Grand Cru Corton, Sixto delivers wines with great concentration, balance, and complexity.
Yellow apple skin, baked pear, brioche, and fresh hazelnuts envelop the nose. The pallet is full - rich & complex - the weight of the wine swim across the palate as the depth and complexity of flavors begin to sink in. Grip and tension on this wine shows its age-ability. The finish is long with a final beat of minerality to top it all off.