This is probably a bit past its prime and was being closed out for $9 a bottle. At that price, some people will love this wine. The key is they have to like oak. Medium to deep golden in color. The nose has noticeable fresh cut lumber along with nice lemon cream and vanilla. The palate matches the nose though the fruit is not as strong. It seems slightly out of balance at this point and it seems doubtful there is enough fruit to outlast the oak. The finish is a bit clipped. At $9, this is a good value and at least one person drinking it with me proclaimed ho much he loved oak filled Chards and loved this wine.