2017 Three Sticks Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Sonoma County

Pale gold-yellow in color. A lovely nose of honey and a bit of oak (yes, oak and it's attractive here). Just gorgeous fruit, golden delicious apples, melon, honey, again a bit of spicy oak. I'm not a big fan of oak on whites, but here it is used with restraint and skill to highlight the fruit. Bright acidity, fine balance and with just the right note of crispness. Finishes moderately long with honey and apple notes. Quite different from their Alana Chardonnay, but lovely in its own right. "A-"