This wine has a classic Burgundy-style nose, a touch of flint with big aromas of pear, nectarine, and peach, against a background of ripe honeydew melon. Stay with the glass as you swirl, and you will uncover a gentle note of butterscotch. On the palate, the wine is bright with a strong backbone of acidity (an artifact of the cool growing season), underscoring intense fruit flavors and the warm, spicy character of highly integrated oak. The mouthfeel is dense and slightly creamy, leading into a finish that lasts for a full minute or more. This wine was fermented in French oak barrels and then aged in barrel for 10 months, where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The 2010 Jos. Belli Chardonnay is completely accessible now, but if stored properly, it will continue to develop for at least the next decade.