2009 Miner Family Chardonnay Wild Yeast

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
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"A big, rich style, with a yeasty, leesy edge to the baked apple and pear flavors. Shows a strong presence of new smoky oak while remaining balanced overall. Drink now through 2019. 1,897 cases made." (WS)

"As is often the case, Miner's Chardonnay fermented with wild yeast is an intense and very complex wine whose plentiful fruit is laced with toasty spice, and it is made more interesting yet in this outing by suggestions of roasted nuts and a bare touch of dried orange peel. The wine is mouthilling and supple with a touch of oily richness in feel, yet it is neither soft nor sluggish despite steering away from overt acid. It is rich, it is balanced and it is very long at the finish, and its minor suggestion of heat will be made moot by service with the flavorful foods that it so clearly requests. Reviewed: January 2013" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Generous layers of spiced fruit and creamy, toasty oak combine seamlessly on the palate of this Chardonnay. Fermented using native “wild” yeast cultures, this complex wine was crafted to age gracefully and is the purest expression of our exceptional vineyard sources in the Napa Valley.