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Professional Ratings: 87 Wine Spectator
Region: Napa Valley, California
Style: Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 110827
I believe that Chardonnay should be rich and round, but also vibrant and crisp, to pair well with food. We source from a combination of cool Carneros and southern Napa Valley vineyards, to bring together bright pear, citrus, and mineral qualities along with rich apple and honey. Our Chardonnay sees traditional Burgundian techniques. Gentle whole-cluster pressing and barrel fermentation are followed by sur lie aging and barrel stirring to bring body and opulence. Malolactic fermentation helps to deliver that delicious, creamy complexity our Chardonnay is known for.
The 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay is pale yellow in color with aromas of vibrant Fuji apple, ripe pear, and white nectarine fruit layered with rich notes of cream, toasted hazelnut, and vanilla On the palate, it is bright, with pear-apple notes, citrus, and honey. Silky and round mouthfeel, with rich crème brûlée highlights and a finish of mineral and cream that lingers.
This is clean and well-made if simple, with clean, delicate and modest flavors of pear, melon and citrus. Drink now through 2014. 58,987 cases made.