St. Francis Winery is one of my favorite wineries if not my favorite winery – don’t you just love the bells. I have visited them in California at least eight times since my first visit in 2001. It was one of the most memorable wine experiences I have had. So, needless to say I’m quite fond of most St. Francis wines. Every once in a while I come across a wine that just doesn’t do it for me. I did chill this wine before opening it which I don’t do very often with Chardonnays as I prefer this white wine at room temperature.
The wine was a straw yellow color yielding ripe pear, apple, and honeysuckle notes on the nose. I got the same pear and apple on the palate but with a surprising vanilla finish which was the highlight for me. I’m not sure if it was the fact I chilled this before opening it or it just didn’t suit my fancy. Guess it wasn’t my day for Chardonnay and at $26.00 a bottle I was a bit disappointed.