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The nose shows notes of Rangpur lime, jasmine, and a hint of vanilla. On the palate the wine has Bosc pear and toasted almond. The wine has bright acidity and an elegant minerality is wonderfully textured and very food friendly!
The 2018 Herson Family Vineyards Influence Chardonnay is balanced, complex, and distinctively connected to its Carneros terroir. It is gently floral on the nose and has a silky texture, rich ripe fruit and compelling freshness on the palate. There are notes of ripe apricot, pink grapefruit and hints of lemon and lime peels. It has a long finish with delightful acidity balanced by ripe fruit. No technological gimmicks or additives were used making this wine. It was crafted by one of Napa Valley’s iconic winemakers who puts his trust in his instinct and pallet when creating wines that are among Napa Valley’s finest.
The 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is sourced from the legendary Ritchie Vineyard, a vineyard that was planted in 1971 and is widely-recognized to be amongst some of the very best Chardonnay sites in the country. The Old Wente clone (on AXR-1 rootstock) Chardonnay is grown on the rolling hillsides of the Russian River Valley. The Sandy Goldridge Loam soils that the Chardonnay grapes are grown on originated from an archaic seabed containing tuffaceous volcanic pumice deposits mixed with small pebbles. The oceanic coastal breezes deliver cooling fog in the mornings and evenings, creating idyllic balanced growing conditions. This combination brings forth an exceptionally unique “Grand Cru” site that produces wines of intense character and complexity.
With a total production of only 228 cases, the 2016 Russian River Valley (Old Wente clone) Chardonnay comes off with another hedonistic style, with big boldness, and Cabernet-lover’s delight. Similar to previous vintages, it is still unfined, unfiltered, and using native yeast, but the difference is that in this vintage, Ralph Hertelendy brought Phillip Corallo-Titus (winemaker at Chappellet and Titus) into the Chardonnay program (you’ll notice that both Phillip’s and Ralph’s signatures are now on the back label). Phillip brought that modern Napa style into this process and introduced a brighter acidity and different style of complexity than Ralph had in year’s past.
A seductively bright and vibrant wine, floral aromas of citrus, lemon meringue, and a touch of toasted brioche inundate the nose. In the mouth, the wine is crisp with a lush, full-bodied offering on the palate - intense and expansive melon, peach, apple and fig flavors. This is all accentuated by fresh, balanced acidity and minerality.The wine's long elegant and focused finish showcase bright apple flavors with hints of cutrus mineral and oak spice.Ready to enjoy now but will gain further complexity with continued aging over the next 5 years.
The first vintage of Downbeat Chardonnay is sourced high up in the Mayacamas Mountains overlooking Napa Valley on Bald Mountain Ranch . This special vineyard produces a Chardonnay that is light and refreshing with notes of baked brioche, hazelnut, apple, nutmeg and vanilla. Lemon leads on the palate with warm apple pie and cream. A clean mineral finish of chalk and limestone leave a light impression and you wanting for more. Pairs perfectly with a bright salad, chicken, fatty fish or any nutty cheese.
The 2015 Riley’s Rows Chardonnay North Coast has an expressive nose that encompasses both tropical fruits and barrel notes. The vintage character means that this wine shows a riper fruit profile. Pear and stone fruits like peach and apricot predominate rather than the citrus notes we typically see in cooler years.
Vinified in our usual way with leaner, lively Chardonnay in mind, it was fermented and bottled with layered acidity and subtle oak in style. At first, it seems a bit reticent but with aeration, it gains complexity. Actually, like many of our reds, it shows better the next day with fuller body, better structure and complexity. In the nose, it shows pear, lemon rind, vanilla, nutmeg, followed by tightly wound, well focused fruit reminiscent of green apples, citrus, stone fruit.