Wine Enthusiast 91 - Pan-seared apple flesh, light jasmine, white lily, chamomile, lemongrass and sandstone aromas show on the delicate nose of this bottling from an increasingly popular vineyard in the foothills east of Salinas. Very stony and pithy flavors show once sipped, with crisp nectarine, heirloom apples, Asian pear, a slice of riper pineapple and sea-salt flavors.
Wine Advisor 90 - New(er) on the wine scene, Flywheel makes tiny amounts (under 100 cases per wine is normal) of high character wines. I particularly like this Brosseau Chardonnay from Chalone AVA on the eastern edge of Monterey County. As much about texture as flavor, and they compliment each other. Get baked pears, white figs, lemon custard, candied ginger and a pleasing kiss of toasty oak. Rich on the palate with dryness and relative (for CA) earthiness. Fair to call this “Burgundian.” From past experience with “Brosseau” Chardonnay, it needs the bottle time this has now received to strut.
Citrus and pineapple fruit are anchored by a lush minerality indicative of both this vineyard and the region. Winemakers decided not to use any new oak so that the wine’s natural fruit and structure could shine.