(NV pictured, 2005 tasted)
Nose: Thick and fibrous nose of peach and fleshy pitted fruit. Toasty vanilla hints, but only at the back of the nose.
Palate: Full, round, and fleshy in the mouth.
Finish: Pleasingly languid.
Peach predominates the 2005 vintage of this Edna Valley Chard from central California. This is round without being overly buttery and fat (phat!) that is pleasingly plump without being flabby. I did not find it crisp (at all) but there is enough acid back structure to ensure that the big mouth feel does not get "oozy". (There is a new wine word for all you enophiles out there.)
The finish is slow and pleasing. Served at the appropriately chilled temperature, this is a wonderful summer wine, not a heat killer, but something more akin to a southern delight - luxuriously taking its time.
At $17 a bottle this is fairly priced though I would love to see it at $4 less.