Lot 144 | 2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay 750ml (94-Points)

Lot 144 | 2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay 750ml (94-Points)

BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL - 94 Points 2022 LA International Wine Competition

Sourced from an estate producer located on the "Atlas Bench" alluvial fan dropping down off of Atlas Peak in the cooler southern climes of Napa Valley. These gravelly, well-drained soils produce wines of excellent concentration and intensity. Today's release is a wonderful Chardonnay, beautifully-crafted and refined with a terrific verve. Produced in a combination of new French oak barrels an concrete eggs (renowned for their uncanny ability to produce intense yet even fruit extraction), the resulting wine combines a rich, creamy mouthfeel but gorgeous, elegant aromatic expression. Stylistically, this wine is right up the middle, creamy, elegant and sophisticated but not overtly buttery. Exquisite comes to mind. Mid-$40's out of the tasting room, a steal at $16/bottle.

Pale, medium straw. The nose is fantastic, redolent with lemon blossom, vanilla, fresh-cut pineapple and citrus notes haloed with a lovely vetiver perfume. Fantastic on entry, round and full-bodied but super-supple. Beautifully balanced with perfectly-ripe, chalky pineapple, mandarin and honeydew melon accented with baked baguette and vetiver notes that echo through a long, elegant finish. Pristine fruit is perfectly integrated with wood and mouthwatering acidity. Shazam!

100% Chardonnay
30% barrel-fermented in new French oak, 70% concrete eggs
14.3% alc.
500 cases available
Bottled February 18, 2021

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