This Chardonnay is fresh and clean, with tropical flavors of pineapple, coconut and lemon zest. It has great acid and a note of minerality throughout. Very well balanced and smoothly textured, it shows hints of French oak, graham crackers and vanilla.
The brighter, fresher side of California Chardonnay comes through in the 2009 Chardonnay Grand Firepeak Cuvee. Clean mineral notes frame hints of lemon, crushed rocks and white flowers in this vibrant, beautifully focused Chardonnay. This is a terrific showing.
The winery has been consistent with this wine over the vintages, and once again, the ’09 is rich and layered. It’s brilliant in Edna Valley acidity, showing the long hangtime, ripe flavors of limes, kiwi fruits, oranges and minerals that characterize this region.
Over 30 years ago, an incredibly smart and spirited woman planted a 3 acre vineyard on her home property in the Edna Valley. Diving without hesitation into a male-dominated industry, Catharine Niven later set out to create authentic, complex yet elegant wines. Named for the place she met her husband Jack, Baileyana offers beautiful, cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Both are refined, rich, and perfectly balanced. She wasn’t entirely surprised by... View More