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Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.1125 ratings
9.152 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Matt Perlman

Has evolved splendidly—rich and slightly unctuous, lemon curd, wet stones, judicious toasty hazelnut and vanilla, but the blocked-malo style gives it plenty of zip

Has evolved splendidly—rich and slightly unctuous, lemon curd, wet stones, judicious toasty hazelnut and vanilla, but the blocked-malo style gives it plenty of zip

Mar 4th, 2022
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9.4

The 2019 Chardonnay is compelling. In this vintage, the Chardonnay balances natural richness from aging on the lees with a touch of new oak (20%) with the energy that is the result of picking early and also blocking the malolactic fermentation. Lemon confit, marzipan, tangerine oil and white flowers all open up as this super-expressive Chardonnay shows off its character. Best of all, the 2019 can be enjoyed upon release. It is an incredibly delicious and rewarding wine to drink today. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021)

The 2019 Chardonnay is compelling. In this vintage, the Chardonnay balances natural richness from aging on the lees with a touch of new oak (20%) with the energy that is the result of picking early and also blocking the malolactic fermentation. Lemon confit, marzipan, tangerine oil and white flowers all open up as this super-expressive Chardonnay shows off its character. Best of all, the 2019 can be enjoyed upon release. It is an incredibly delicious and rewarding wine to drink today. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021)

Jan 21st, 2021
Tobin Trevarthen

Pale yellow, unfiltered. Non descriptive nose. Nice mouth feel, acid noticeable. Citrus notes, a creamy texture on the finish.

Pale yellow, unfiltered. Non descriptive nose. Nice mouth feel, acid noticeable. Citrus notes, a creamy texture on the finish.

Sep 1st, 2019
Ryan Flinn

Beautifully aged Chardonnay with notes of graham cracker & lemon pith. Lively acidity makes this a great food wine.

Beautifully aged Chardonnay with notes of graham cracker & lemon pith. Lively acidity makes this a great food wine.

Aug 31st, 2019
Matt Perlman

This wine was a big hit last evening with Asher after he got a pinky-taste. This morning he asked for “wine please.” (Uh-oh) While I’m inclined to reward such politeness it seemed a bit early in the day. The wine itself? A bigger and more forward style of Chardonnay than I normally gravitate to but can’t fault the quality and balance. The grapefruit, lemon curd, pineapple creme brûlée and moderate toast should meld beautifully with some more time.

This wine was a big hit last evening with Asher after he got a pinky-taste. This morning he asked for “wine please.” (Uh-oh) While I’m inclined to reward such politeness it seemed a bit early in the day. The wine itself? A bigger and more forward style of Chardonnay than I normally gravitate to but can’t fault the quality and balance. The grapefruit, lemon curd, pineapple creme brûlée and moderate toast should meld beautifully with some more time.

Jan 6th, 2019
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.1

Halloween fondue frenzy. Always lovely.

Halloween fondue frenzy. Always lovely.

Nov 2nd, 2018
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.2

Matchstick reduction. Butter, wonderful tension between snappy acidity and full,viscous feel. Baked apples.

Matchstick reduction. Butter, wonderful tension between snappy acidity and full,viscous feel. Baked apples.

Mar 24th, 2018
Brian S

Youthful apple, lemon curd, pear, quince, popcorn and hazelnut.

Youthful apple, lemon curd, pear, quince, popcorn and hazelnut.

Sep 21st, 2017
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.4

Delicious. This is great CA Chardonnay. Mineral, snappy, custard , apple fruit.

Delicious. This is great CA Chardonnay. Mineral, snappy, custard , apple fruit.

1 person found it helpfulNov 4th, 2016
Mike Smith

Owner/Winemaker Myriad Cellars

9.1

Really nice out of magnum. Great acid.

Really nice out of magnum. Great acid.

1 person found it helpfulDec 9th, 2013