100% Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California.
SRP of $22 and available around $15. Sample received courtesy Balzac Communications for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“This elegant chardonnay was sourced from the cooler regions of Napa Valley where the grapes slowly develop flavors green apple, apricot and citrus blossom. Hints of toasty oak and subtle caramel highlight the finish. Delicious on its own, but is a classic complement to seafood, poultry or pork dishes.
Napa Cellars has become one of our favorite labels here at The Reverse Wine Snob. With multiple entries on our Top 10 lists, every wine we’ve tried has over-delivered for the price. So far we’ve tasted the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Zinfandel, but today we are trying our first white wine from Napa Cellars.
The 2010 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay begins with pleasant aromas of green apples and buttered toast plus a little spice and vanilla. When tasting the wine you can definitely tell that it spent some time in oak (7 months in 36% new French oak) but it is far from overdone. The wine tastes crisp, juicy and creamy with flavors of pear, apple, lemon, plus a little tropical fruit and vanilla. It ends with long, lingering toasty toffee flavors but before that some mineral notes come through along with creamy and custard like fruit. Excellent.