Napa Valley Chardonnay

Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Ben and I wanted to do a flight of Jarvis chards, so he brought the ‘11 Finch Hollow. The color difference against my ‘14 Unfiltered Finch Hollow was drastic! Much more amber in color, as though it had been oxidized a bit. It has an amazingly sweet nose...someone mentioned it was slightly reminiscent of botrytis. Lots of honey and marshmallow cream aromatics. It tastes like Werther’s Butterscotch, candied ginger and baked marzipan. You gotta love the style. Delicious. Thanks
@Benjamin Keator .
— 8 days ago

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Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013

This is a very tasty Chardonnay. This 6 years old is showing great complexity and balance. Showing ripen citrus fruits pears red apples minerals white pepper light tropical fruits.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Long finish with lemons and limes.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points
— 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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I love these with age!

Far Niente Winery

Napa Valley Chardonnay

Peach pit. Ripe pear on the nose. White clean. Astringent then round. Subtle. Delicate. Hints of stone fruit. Lemon zested. Springtime at dusk. Fireflies. Yet not piccolo nor fairies. Contemplating contentment. My reality is an over warm autumn Sunday evening with chicken in the oven and my excellent dog by my side. Content. So a toast. — 18 days ago

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Davis Estates

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

David T
9.4

It has been awhile since we’ve had the 2014 and it’s evolving nicely.

My suggestion is you chill down the Davis Chardonnay, take it out of chill mode a half-hour to forty-minutes prior to enjoying. Then, get this soft white cheese from Harbison Cellars - Spruce Bark Wrapped Bloomy Rind and the Firehook crackers and enjoy them all together. They are a Heavenly pairing together.

As for the 2014 Davis Chardonnay, the nose reveals, more honey notes, overripe; pineapple flesh, golden apple, sour Meyer lemons. Apricots, peach, lime candy, green apple, beeswax, honeycomb, tangerine notes, saline, excellent, soft chalkiness, limestone & grey volcanic minerals, a little white spice, yellow lilies, fruit blossoms, jasmine with a touch of mixed greens.

The body is full, thick, lush and rich. The texture is gorgeous and sexy...beautifully delicious over the palate. Lots of honey notes, over ripe; pineapple flesh, golden apple, sour Meyer lemons. Apricots, peach, lime candy, more green apple, beeswax, honeycomb, tangerine notes, caramel, a touch of toffee, butter, cream, saline, excellent, soft chalkiness, limestone & crushed, grey volcanic minerals, a little white spice with a touch of heat, yellow lilies, fruit blossoms, jasmine with a touch of mixed greens. The acidity is excellent, round and phat. The long, rich, lush, gorgeous, sexy, well balanced finish persists nicely for minutes.

Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better CA Chardonnay for the money. $36 member price and $48 non-member price.

You want to enjoy this just below room temperature to get all it has to offer.

Photos of, the right side view from their terrace with their signature windmill, the center direct view of the valley floor through to the other side, the Harbison soft white cheese & Firehook crackers to a pair with the Davis Chardonnays.

Their Chardonnays show varying nuisances year to year but, are very consistent in quality year to year.
— a month ago

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Ron R

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I need to try this offering - reads very well. Thanks
David T

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@Ron R You will not be disappointed...a little Aubert style in each bottle for far less money. 💰 Cheers! 🥂🍷

Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Unfiltered Finch Hollow Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

This was my contribution. Again, it was paired next to the filtered ‘11 vintage and the colors were incredibly different, with this being hay/straw colored with just a touch of cloudy appearance. If guessing blind, I would have called this Aubert SugarShack (which I love). Medley of lemon cream, marzipan and honeyed sea salt on the nose with a rich and powerful profile on the palate, yet it is nimble...perfectly balanced. Sweet oak, caramel dipped golden delicious apple at the finish.
— 8 days ago

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David L

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Love this wine!

Sterling Vineyards

Oak Knoll District Chardonnay 2015

Lemon / hazelnut medium Acid & medium bodied clean and well made ( got this at a discount store for $5.99) spice, toasty oak in the background . 2015 on the vintage (so 4 years old as I’m drinking it ) well worth it ! — 11 days ago

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Nice
Trixie

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Yummy!🍷

Schramsberg Vineyards

Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2016

Very pleasant but nothing remarkable. — 5 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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The J Schram bottling was great,

Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

I had the ‘16 about 4 months ago and found it to be more rich as this was slightly more mineral like in profile. It’s undoubtedly still massive and a beautifully round wine though. Maybe this vintage is slightly more elegant and finesse driven. Floral, honeysuckle, orange blossom, and sea salt aromatics. Focused and clean on the palate with honeyed almonds, wet rock, and lemon oil. Thanks
@Weston Eidson .
— 8 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : Nice! I’m curious to know if this was ready to drink or if it needed time.
Shay A

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@Bryan Kesting : It will certainly hold for a few years but it was killer when we opened it!

Aubert

Sugar Shack Chardonnay 2014

Had a guest today at FF. Showed him the list of chards, to which he said "That one should be drinking well." And, voila. Here we are. This Sugar Shack Chardonnay arguably outdrank its 2014 Ritchie Chard by just about a point. A little less sweetness, a little less salinity, a little more balance than the Ritchie. Ripe peach, pear, plantain with a little bit of dried herb. It has been about 15 months since I've had this one. Lots of yellow fruits and that Classic Aubert backbone. You sorta forget about other Chards when a duo of 2014 Aubert are on the table, and this was no exception tonight. — 20 days ago

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Shay A

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Consistent with previous bottles enjoyed. Surprised at how this edged out the ‘14 Ritchie. Drinking wonderfully right now.
9.4
Bryan Kesting

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Thanks for letting me make this pick. It worked out very well...Loved it! Thank you @Mark Flesher
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@Bryan Kesting absolutely! It was a really smoking good wine opened up at the right time with the perfect company!

William Hill Estate Winery

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

Perhaps the best Chardonnay I’ve tried that leans sweet. Soft, delicious apple and pear scent, with some grilled buttery finish. — 9 hours ago