CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavors. In cool climates (such as Chablis and the Sonoma Coast AVA of California), Chardonnay tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple and pear. In warmer locations (such as the Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula in Australia and Gisborne and Marlborough region of New Zealand) the flavors become more citrus, peach and melon while in very warm locations (such as the Napa Valley AVA of California) more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with buttery mouthfeel and hazelnut notes.

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  1. ACACIA CH CARNEROS

    Item #: i_200090
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vibrant aromas of crème brûlée, ginger, lemon curd and white peach are followed by a creamy entry which blossoms to a full, sweet, peach, nectarine and citrus mid-palate. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity, the wine finishes long and full.
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  2. CLOS PEGASE 2017 CHARDONNAY "MITSUKO'S" CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_212020
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The cool growing region of Carneros allows Clos Pegase to keep the verve and complexity in their Chardonnay and delivers just the right amount of naturally bright acidity that works well when paired with the finest French oak. Clear lemon yellow in the glass. Upfront aromas of peach, melon, cut straw and bakers spice. A smooth delivery on the palate displays flavors of stone fruit, cantaloupe and pears with subtle notes of brioche and toasted coconut. The acid is bright and maintains a pleasant balance in the wine.
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  3. FAILLA 2017 CHARDONNAY "HUDSON" CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_220660
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  4. FERRARI CARANO 2016 CHARDONNAY RESERVE CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_220510
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    It would be hard to hear the name Ferrari- Carano and not think of world-class wine. From a small, 30-acre plot of grapes purchased in 1979, to today’s 1,500 acres in six different appelations, Ferrari-Carano owns some of the finest properties in all of California. Their wines are recognized by the critics and are listed on the menus of some of the finest restaurants in the world. While tasting through the current lineup at a recent luncheon, it was their Reserve Chardonnay that truly garnered the limelight.

    Coming from their property in Carneros, the long, cool growing season matures the fruit slowly, giving it plenty of time to gain in richness and depth while retaining a higher acidity and tighter structure than fruit in warmer climate. Combine this with the wine’s aging in a high percentage in new oak, and you get a Chardonnay that is both fresh, lively, yet rich and decadent. This wine entices with aromas of quince, apple, cinnamon, caramel, citrus, butter, vanilla, and graham cracker complemented by elegant, upfront flavors of pear, peach, and a lingering, toasted oak finish.

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  5. FOLEY JOHNSON 2017 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_222170
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Aromas are concentrated and complex in Foley Johnson's 2017 Carneros Chardonnay. Notes of grilled peach, pear, buttered croissant, and vanilla set the stage for a rich, and full-bodied Chardonnay. The aromas expand on the palate with mouthwatering flavors of pear, apple crisp, honeysuckle, toasted coconut, and vanilla wafer. This wine's balance and structure coupled with its bright acidity makes it an age-worthy wine to be enjoyed for several years. Enjoy this beauty with a succulent roasted chicken and wild mushroom risotto.
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  6. FRANK FAMILY 2017 CHARDONNAY "LEWIS RESERVE" CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_223250
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Located in the heart of Napa-Carneros, touching the shores of San Pablo Bay, the Lewis Vineyard is named after Rich Frank's eldest grandson, Lewis and was purchased in 2000. Gently rolling hills span 86 acres, 58 of which are planted to Chardonnay, the Lewis Vineyard consists primarily of shallow and dense clay loam soils, receiving only 20 inches of rainfall annually. The restricting soils in combination with the maritime influence from proximity to the bay, result in extremely low yields, producing grapes with strong character and balanced acidity. The practice of cool climate viticulture and the planting of small-clustered Dijon clones, such as clone 95, contribute to an intensity that is found in the Chardonnays of Frank Family's Lewis Vineyard.

    The 2017 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay is deep and complex, with classic Chardonnay roundness and richness upheld by brilliant, bracing acidity. Notes of supremely ripe tropical fruit, lemon curd, and magnolia blossom mingle on the expansive palate in delicious harmony. Vanilla and honey nuances meld into the soft yet lengthy finish.
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  7. HUDSON 2017 CHARDONNAY ESTATE CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_231150
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Nestled in the rolling hillsides of the Carneros growing region, Lee Hudson has some of the most amazing vineyards we have ever seen! His list of clients who purchase Hudson Vineyard fruit include Arnot Roberts, Bedrock, Cakebread, Duckhorn, Kistler, Kongsgaard, Lewis, Neyers, Nickel & Nickel, Orin Swift, Patz & Hall, and Ramey. The individual blocks within the vineyards are sites of intense varietal distinctiveness.

    The wine fermented slowly in French oak barrels with the wild yeasts finishing fermentation early in the new year and malolactic following soon after. Somehow, Hudson Chardonnay has the ability to be rich and decadent, yet retains fresh acidity, vibrancy, and minerals.
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  8. LLOYD 2018 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_237880
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Rob Lloyd (who was formerly on the winemaking team at Rombauer) has produced an unabashed California Chardonnay. The grapes come from two Sangiacomo Vineyard sites, Home Ranch and Green Acres in the Carneros region. Picked at their peak of ripeness, the grapes are gently pressed, settled, and moved to barrels to be cold fermented. The room is kept at a very low temperature keeping the wine from fermenting too rapidly and thus losing its aromatics. The wine slowly undergoes primary and secondary fermentation for nime months before being racked off its primary lees and bottled.
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  9. MERRYVALE 2015 CHARDONNAY "SILHOUETTE" CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_241450
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker Notes - The 2015 Silhouette starts with beautiful hints of fresh almonds, acacia and citrus notes. The wine then evolves towards exotic fruits with papaya, mango and peach. In the mouth it is defined by a beautiful length with an abundance of mineral notes and outstanding acidity. The mouthfeel is extremely intense but very fresh and elegant as well.
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  10. MERRYVALE 2016 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_241610
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 90
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Well-structured, with fresh-cut apple, pear and honeydew melon flavors that are broad and generously spiced. Hints of lavender show on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2022."

    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The 2016 Chardonnay has a nose of apple, peach and green guava with touches of lightly browned toast and yeast extract. Medium-bodied and refreshing with allspice notions coming through, it has a slight oiliness to the texture and good length."

    Winery's Notes: "The fruit for this Chardonnay was grown primarily on our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros with some select lots from the Hyde and Poe Vineyards blended in. These vineyards' proximity to the San Pablo Bay keeps them at a cool temperature and brings cool climate characteristics to the wine, most notably a crisp freshness. Each vineyard was picked and pressed separately. After pressing, the juices were allowed to settle naturally overnight and were then put into French oak barrels. Fermentation started naturally and lasted for six months. Native malolactic fermentation occurred during this time as well. The wine spent 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. One month prior to bottling, each lot of wine was racked and then blended to prepare for bottling."

    "The goal for this wine is finesse and complexity which is enhanced by using long, slow, native fermentations. From the Napa side of Carneros, this Chardonnay is a beautiful golden color. The nose opens up with some roasted almonds and then evolves to floral and fruit notes including bergamot, pineapple, ripe peaches and citrus. In the mouth, the entry is very round and fresh with plenty of fruit flavors. The acidity is very soft, and guided by the minerality, balance and a lingering finish."
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  11. PINE RIDGE 2016 CHARDONNAY "COLLINES" CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_215570
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The French word collines means "hills," and it aptly describes the Carneros landscape in the southern reaches of Napa Valley, where gentle rolling hills surround our estate vineyard. Deep, heavy clay loam soils, combined with the marine influences of the nearby San Pablo Bay and Pacific Ocean, give Chardonnay wines from this region a distinctive balance of fruit and acidity.

    Aromas are inviting with notes of oak, vanilla, citrus, apples, and pineapple. This single vineyard produces a structured and voluptuous Chardonnay with generous fruit flavors of apple, citrus, and tropical fruit, with nuances of caramel and spice from oak aging. A nutty character and notes of apple crumble complement the bright citrus accents. The silky, creamy mouthfeel combines with bright acidity and leads to a clean, lingering finish.
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  12. ROMBAUER 2018 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 375mL

    Item #: i_255540
    Bottle Size: 375ML
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    Rombauer has a very unique style of Chardonnay that others imitate, but there is only ONE Rombauer! The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations. The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture.

    Enticing aromas of vanilla, peach and mango are layered with apricots, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity.
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  13. ROMBAUER 2018 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_255200
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations. The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture.

    Enticing aromas of vanilla, peach and mango are layered with apricots, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity.
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  14. SCHUT 2016 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_258410
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This classic Carneros Chardonnay was grown primarily on the Schug Estate vineyard, with additional barrels from their grower-partners Ricci, Wildcat, Leveroni, Wood Valley and Iund Vineyards. It was fermented and aged on the lees (sur-lie) in small French oak barrels, with minimal new oak introduced. Malo-lactic fermentation was not induced, allowing the wine to retain its natural acidity and varietal focus. The result is a wine that is both rich and powerful, while refreshing and elegant on the finish. It has a ripe, spicy tropical bouquet with flavors that suggest citrus, pear and spiced apples. Well-balanced acidity gives it a crisp, clean finish, making it an excellent wine with food. Try it with cream soups, rich seafood, fowl, veal and pasta dishes.
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  15. SHAFER 2017 CHARDONNAY "RED SHOULDER RANCH" CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_259600
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI 91-93 POINTS - "The 2017 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is a very beautiful wine. The warm vintage produced a Chardonnay that is a bit richer and more generous than has become the norm here in recent years, but the style of the wine is unchanged in its citrus and floral driven profile."
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  16. TOR KENWARD 2017 CHARDONNAY "BERESINI - CUVEE TORCHIANA" CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_276518
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 96+
    ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 96+ POINTS - "This wine comes from a single three-acre Chardonnay vineyard introduced to Tor Kenward by Larry Hyde in 2008. It belonged to one of Larry Hyde's oldest friends in the Napa Valley, Steve Beresini, and was planted three decades ago with cuttings Larry gave Steve. This is now referred to as "Hyde Selection Wente Clone." Today it produces a minuscule crop, usually between one and two tons per acre, with clusters half the normal size. Primary coopers are Saury and three-year dry aged Francois Freres. The 2017 Chardonnay Beresini Vineyard Cuvee Torchiana opens with lifted lemon, lime and mandarin scents with fresh pears and ginger plus croissant notions. The palate is big, rich, full-bodied, decadent, lively and hedonistic, with spicy and savory layers and a very, very long finish. 314 cases produced."
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  17. TRINITAS 2015 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_274770
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This is their famous Trinitas "Butterscotch Bomb"; a perfect marriage of high-quality fruit and American wood barrels. The toast on the barrels is prominent, giving a "creme Brule" character to the nose. Underneath the toast, you get the intense tropical fruit - pear, peach, lemon zest and citrus. The rich mid-palate, explodes with cinnamon toast, cream and butterscotch – which is a contribution to the length of time spent in the Oak Barrels. In its own way, it's as bold and expressive as a Cabernet. It's got so much presence it can easily pass as an aperitif or carefully matched with food just as rich - perhaps pounded veal cutlets, an Italian risotto, or plump-cooked chicken breasts in a cream sauce.
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  18. TRUCHARD 2016 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_270070
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Aromas of pineapple, quince, and jasmine; with hints of nutmeg, fig, and toasted oak. The mouth is clean and bright; filled with fresh flavors of green apple, pear, and Meyer lemon. Firm acidity provides a crisp finish of citrus, mineral, and spice.
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  19. VINE CLIFF 2017 CHARDONNAY CARNEROS 750mL

    Item #: i_275235
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Los Carneros is one of the most prestigious Chardonnay growing area in California, and this wine demonstrates why. Vine Cliff's 2017 Los Carneros Chardonnay is classic Chardonnay. Elegant with complex aromas of pear, green apple, lemon citrus, mineral and floral notes. There is a rich bouquet of hazelnut, butterscotch, and vanilla. The palate is rich and luscious, balanced with bright acidity. Flavors of creme brulee, pear, apple and lemon creme linger on the long smooth finish.
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