AXR Winery

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.228 ratings
9.17 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

As you start your walk through their redwoods, there is a stop to taste their Chardonnay. The walk is relaxing & beautiful. However, you could still smell the char in the air as you stroll. The fire came down the mountain to their property line. It was an on-site fire crew from San Jose, Ca that protected their property. When I left our visit, there was a strong smell of char in my shirt from the breeze blowing down the mountain that had burned above them.

Their 16 Chardonnay is good. It’s Napa/Sonoma classic in fruit profile and not crushed in new oak which is the way I prefer it. Green apple, lemon, lime, some pineapple, cream, medium backbone, limestone, grey volcanics, lilies, white flowers & jasmine. The acidity is quite refreshing with a nicely polished & not overdone finish. Wire to wire a pleasant Chardonnay.

Photos of; their main house out front where you approach the property, inside tasting salon area, outside branded bar and another vantage point of their woods behind their tasting room.

As you start your walk through their redwoods, there is a stop to taste their Chardonnay. The walk is relaxing & beautiful. However, you could still smell the char in the air as you stroll. The fire came down the mountain to their property line. It was an on-site fire crew from San Jose, Ca that protected their property. When I left our visit, there was a strong smell of char in my shirt from the breeze blowing down the mountain that had burned above them.

Their 16 Chardonnay is good. It’s Napa/Sonoma classic in fruit profile and not crushed in new oak which is the way I prefer it. Green apple, lemon, lime, some pineapple, cream, medium backbone, limestone, grey volcanics, lilies, white flowers & jasmine. The acidity is quite refreshing with a nicely polished & not overdone finish. Wire to wire a pleasant Chardonnay.

Photos of; their main house out front where you approach the property, inside tasting salon area, outside branded bar and another vantage point of their woods behind their tasting room.

Nov 11th, 2020
Paco Suro

A&O Chard at nickels on the dollar.

A&O Chard at nickels on the dollar.

Aug 11th, 2018
Ray Vanderhoff

Bright gold color. Nice aromas of pear, pineapple, white flowers and cream. Apple, apricot and roasted nuts fill the pallet. Fresh acidity. Medium bodied with a lovely waxy texture. Beautiful balance. Quite complex.

Bright gold color. Nice aromas of pear, pineapple, white flowers and cream. Apple, apricot and roasted nuts fill the pallet. Fresh acidity. Medium bodied with a lovely waxy texture. Beautiful balance. Quite complex.

Aug 18th, 2022
Topher Taylor

I love this wine because you get a taste of an old school Napa Valley chard, with tones of oak and apple - but at the same time it is crisp and refreshing like a newer, say more Oregon chard. The acidity really makes the difference here.

I love this wine because you get a taste of an old school Napa Valley chard, with tones of oak and apple - but at the same time it is crisp and refreshing like a newer, say more Oregon chard. The acidity really makes the difference here.

Jun 6th, 2021
Karen Larson

Lovely crisp chard!

Lovely crisp chard!

Aug 19th, 2020
Kathryn Vest

Definitely needed to open up, since it had a strong smell with cork removal. Then, we smelled and tasted a little banana and tangerine.

Definitely needed to open up, since it had a strong smell with cork removal. Then, we smelled and tasted a little banana and tangerine.

Jun 15th, 2020
John Malcolm

Lemon grass, straw, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, and honeydew. Gorgeous color. Tropical fruits pop in the mouth.

Lemon grass, straw, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, and honeydew. Gorgeous color. Tropical fruits pop in the mouth.

Mar 26th, 2020
Vin d’Ottawa

Buttery, deep, an actual hint of lime.

Buttery, deep, an actual hint of lime.

Aug 11th, 2019
Kathryn Vest

Definitely a full bodied chard. A little lemon on the nose.

Definitely a full bodied chard. A little lemon on the nose.

Apr 28th, 2019
Jen Stringfield

Light, well balanced. Slightly oak, mostly light and fruity.

Light, well balanced. Slightly oak, mostly light and fruity.

Jun 4th, 2018