Plumpjack

Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.0145 ratings
8.924 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
Ron R
9.3

Chocky soufflé made by my soul mate, Anne-Marie. Nothing is better than this, although the Plumpjack is rock solid. Prior notes apply.

Chocky soufflé made by my soul mate, Anne-Marie. Nothing is better than this, although the Plumpjack is rock solid. Prior notes apply.

Nov 15th, 2020
Shay A
9.2

Similar to the 2017, I expected this to be a big butter bomb (knowing the general Plumpjack style) but it was quite steely initially, before opening up and showing a touch more roundness from the scant use of oak. Believe this is aged 70-80% stainless. On both the nose and palate, I picked up banana bread, melon and cantaloupe, with roasted lemon and honeyed pineapple toward the finish. It goes back and forth between coming across as a super viscous SB, and a lighter/mineral Napa Chardonnay (though not as flabby as some Napa chards can be).

I found this to be a step up from the 2017, and is definitely best enjoyed right above cellar temp. My thanks to my friend
@Ron R for his generosity in sending this after hearing of my less than stellar experience with their 2017.

Similar to the 2017, I expected this to be a big butter bomb (knowing the general Plumpjack style) but it was quite steely initially, before opening up and showing a touch more roundness from the scant use of oak. Believe this is aged 70-80% stainless. On both the nose and palate, I picked up banana bread, melon and cantaloupe, with roasted lemon and honeyed pineapple toward the finish. It goes back and forth between coming across as a super viscous SB, and a lighter/mineral Napa Chardonnay (though not as flabby as some Napa chards can be).

I found this to be a step up from the 2017, and is definitely best enjoyed right above cellar temp. My thanks to my friend
@Ron R for his generosity in sending this after hearing of my less than stellar experience with their 2017.

Nov 12th, 2020
Ron R
9.3

Have to work today, but Plumpy attenuates the pain. A clean, mineral-driven chard, which will sail on in the cellar for some time. Prior notes apply.

Have to work today, but Plumpy attenuates the pain. A clean, mineral-driven chard, which will sail on in the cellar for some time. Prior notes apply.

Oct 17th, 2020
Ron R
9.3

Very consistent. Mineral driven. Lithe with roasted nuts and relaxed acidity. Prior notes apply. We love this.

Very consistent. Mineral driven. Lithe with roasted nuts and relaxed acidity. Prior notes apply. We love this.

Oct 17th, 2020
Ron R
9.3

While we don’t often drink Plumpjack chard, we find it nothing but consistent. Notes of quince, pears on the nose, combined with green olives on the palate. Medium weight on the mid palate, leaning towards somewhat edgy. We are really enjoying this. Maybe we are biased, as we have a soft spot for this producer.

While we don’t often drink Plumpjack chard, we find it nothing but consistent. Notes of quince, pears on the nose, combined with green olives on the palate. Medium weight on the mid palate, leaning towards somewhat edgy. We are really enjoying this. Maybe we are biased, as we have a soft spot for this producer.

Sep 26th, 2020
Jake Hajer

Lean. Pomelo. Lime. Cotton. Without much fruit and complexity, the style/wine would be best aged.

Lean. Pomelo. Lime. Cotton. Without much fruit and complexity, the style/wine would be best aged.

Jul 28th, 2019
LM Segal

I ❤️ most everything P’jack, but this just wasn’t working for me. Fruit and acidity both overpowering but could calm down easily with time.

I ❤️ most everything P’jack, but this just wasn’t working for me. Fruit and acidity both overpowering but could calm down easily with time.

Jun 11th, 2019
Shay A
8.9

Finally getting around to posting Day 5 in Napa, our final day. 5 years in a row visiting...hope to make it 6 next year!

I expected this to be a big butter bomb but it was quite steely. Believe this is aged 70-80% stainless. I picked up banana bread, melon and cantaloupe, with roasted lemon and honeyed pineapple. Almost like a super viscous big SB.

Finally getting around to posting Day 5 in Napa, our final day. 5 years in a row visiting...hope to make it 6 next year!

I expected this to be a big butter bomb but it was quite steely. Believe this is aged 70-80% stainless. I picked up banana bread, melon and cantaloupe, with roasted lemon and honeyed pineapple. Almost like a super viscous big SB.

Feb 6th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Sits in the heart of Napa Valley's renowned Oakville region, the winery building and vineyards date back to the 1800s, when winemaking pioneers first took advantage of a unique position on the valley floor. Sourced from 2 vineyards, Los Carneros & St Helena. Crisp stone fruit aromas with tropical fruit notes. On the palate apple and pear flavors layered with smooth creamy vanilla oak. Lingering finish ending with nuances of wet stone, well balanced.

Sits in the heart of Napa Valley's renowned Oakville region, the winery building and vineyards date back to the 1800s, when winemaking pioneers first took advantage of a unique position on the valley floor. Sourced from 2 vineyards, Los Carneros & St Helena. Crisp stone fruit aromas with tropical fruit notes. On the palate apple and pear flavors layered with smooth creamy vanilla oak. Lingering finish ending with nuances of wet stone, well balanced.

Sep 11th, 2017
Susan Mannain

St helena fruit- tropical and bosc pear - 70% stainless little oak - touch of oak - nice acid

St helena fruit- tropical and bosc pear - 70% stainless little oak - touch of oak - nice acid

Feb 5th, 2016