The 2011 Alta Winery Chardonnay has a compelling nose of lemon blossoms, bananas, and petitgrain layered above clove and allspice and the perfume of toasted oak. In the mouth, the oak integrates seamlessly with tropical fruit and pineapple flavors, while the acidity brightens the fruit as it stretches out across the palate. This wine has good complexity, with a crisp mouthfeel, hints of citric zest and lemon tart creaminess. The palate is warmed by the oak influence, which works well with the flavors evolving over time into braised spiced pears. The wine was made for early consumption, but the acidity and aromatic sophistication should last for up to a decade.