The 2018 Chardonnay is bright and nuanced, as it always is. Lemon peel, almond, dried flowers and light tropical overtones abound. As always, Forman blocks the malolactic fermentation in his Chardonnay, which makes for an especially understated style by Napa Valley standards. Even so, the 2018 is also a touch light for this wine.
The barrel fermentation does lend a certain richness and combined with sur lees aging yields a toasty, almost crème brulee character to enhance and blend with the beautiful fruit. I love the flavors – crisp, but not thin, with wonderful, bright fruit complexity. Very sophisticated, this will be a lot of fun to follow and will develop for many years.