2009 Grayson Cellars Chardonnay

Year: 2009
Appellation: California
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 87
White Wine
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"Almost too good to be true, there are nearly 15,000 cases of the 2009 Chardonnay Lot 11, which is a naked Chardonnay offering lots of crisp, elegant, unbuttered popcorn, tropical fruit, pear and citrus blossom characteristics. This medium-bodied white possesses surprising fruit intensity and overall balance. Fresh and pure, it is ideal for drinking over the next year.

This is a remarkable operation producing relatively large quantities of wines that offer sensational value. Even more shocking is how good Grayson Cellars’ Pinot Noirs are for their price. Making Pinot Noir is akin to having a license to overcharge given the outrageously expensive Burgundies and the fact that most top California and Oregon Pinot Noirs are priced in the $40-$50+ range." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The 2009 Grayson Chardonnay shows aromas of bright peach and pear. The palate offers green apple with a crisp finish showing gentle hints of apple pie and toasted French oak.

There are few family-owned wines from California at this price point available today. Our family’s attention to winemaking quality separate Grayson from the larger, corporate brands that dominate the market. When our family started Grayson Cellars we asked our winemaker to look throughout California’s finest growing regions for the best grapes for Grayson wines. We believe these grape sources combined with nearly 30 years of winemaking experience make Grayson wines some of California’s finest values. Taste the value of Grayson wines yourself and see if you agree.

After completing his Enology degree at UC Davis, Larry spent seventeen years at Dry Creek Vineyard. He has since covered the globe by making wine in New Zealand, Chile, and Australia across all price points and styles. For the previous nine years Larry was head of winemaking at Icon Estates where he oversaw winemaking for the Franciscan, Robert Mondavi, Estancia, and Ravenswood brands.