Chardonnay “Encore” California 2019
Winemaker:Rob Mondavi Jr.
Suggested Retail Price:¥5,300 (tax not included)
In 2009, “Y by YOSHIKI” was born between renowned Japanese artist YOSHIKI and Napa Valley winemaker and 4th generation vintner, Rob Mondavi Jr. The grapes are sourced from premium vineyards across California and express the artistry, quality and creativity of this unique partnership. This California series is described by YOSHIKI as “smart casual” that is not only for wine lovers but also fits in with your everyday lifestyle.
Y by YOSHIKI California Chardonnay 2018 sold out immediately upon release, which led to another release of the same vintage and appropriately named “Encore”. Because of its popularity, Yoshiki has decided to continue the “Encore” Chardonnay brand for wine lovers to enjoy for many years to come.
The wine opens with fresh peach, apricot, and honeydew amidst citrus blossom and rose water. The diversity of aromas in this vintage is astounding as the floral characteristics begin to take center stage with time in the glass along with ample fresh pear and cinnamon. The wine continues to evolve showcasing notes of hibiscus, vanilla, and lemon zest. Concentrated and persistent, again stone fruit appear, albeit in candied form, along with a hint of white pepper lemon zest. Lush, viscous, and driven by lemon curd, the palate leans toward creaminess but with enough bright acid, green apple, and toast to bring balance and finesse. The ripeness of the vintage drives the mouthfeel as the flavors exude freshness and vibrancy, a unique combination.