"Restraint was a common thread through all four wines. Sebastiani, who is the winemaker as well, uses a mixture of old and new oak barrels to age the La Chertosa wines. All show the wood influence without the sometimes overwhelming characteristics that accompany wines made using 100 percent new oak.
The chardonnay was a delight, made in a style I find appealing. It was creamy and smooth without being heavy, and the note of lemon creme to me is a signature aspect of high-quality chardonnay.
The reds were attractive in the same sort of way. Each offered exceptionally fruit purity and definition without crossing the line into fruit jam. The Sangiovese was perhaps my favorite because of its tightness and the tension between acidity and fruit. 93 Points."