2004 Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay *** Yellow gold. Overt black licorice, anise seed, and gobs of vanilla. Very pure palate, soft and moderately sweet with a very good balance, nice acidity, and moderately long, stoney finish. Excellent, and to my mind the best Chardonnay in Napa after Kongsgaard.
2004 Peter Michael Mon Plaisir *** Gorgeously pure pale yellow gold. Restrained nose of hay and anise and fresh cut grass. Hints at petrol, too. Seaweed and sweet stainless steel with black licorice kicker. Rarely gets better than this.