2017 Duckhorn Chardonnay 375 ml

Year: 2017
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Notes of chamomile and dried wild herb accent the Gala apple and tangerine flavors. Butter and spice details show on the plush finish. Drink now through 2022. 37,000 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The 2017 Chardonnay features bright, youthful grapefruit, fresh lemons and pineapple notes with touches of baking bread and allspice. Medium-bodied, elegant and refreshing, it has a silken texture and bags of citrus flavors, finishing spicy." (WA)

"On the one hand an aromatic and moderately fruity Chardonnay that smacks early on of apples and pears with lightly laid-on top notes of blossoms and sweet oak, but, on the other, a wine that skews later on to slight bitterness and heat starting in mid-palate, this uneven effort fails to follow through fully on its likeable beginnings and is not likely to change its essential stripes if left to age any longer. Reviewed: May 2020" (CG)

"A delicious chardonnay with sliced cooked apples and subtle vanilla and cream on the nose and palate. Hints of toffee and butterscotch, too. Full-bodied and compact. Racy finish. Very serious. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Hints of melon, apricot, and honeyed flowers emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay, a medium-bodied, rounded, charming Chardonnay geared for near-term drinking." (JD)

"Flavors of crème brûlée, mango and pineapple give this wine a boost of richness and texture on the palate. It remains lush and lemony as it opens in the glass, with a thread of structured acidity beckoning on the finish. -Virginie Boone" (WE)

Winery Notes:
At Duckhorn Vineyards, we have been making wine using grapes from the finest Napa Valley vineyards for over 40 years. Building on this rich history, our Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from the coolest regions. In the cellar, we applied classic techniques of French oak barrel fermentation with lees stirring, resulting in a Chardonnay that balances the complexity and richness of Napa Valley.

In the Vineyards:
The 2017 growing season began with abundant winter rains, followed by a warm, dry spring that led to a perfectly timed budbreak. In addition to replenishing the water table, the early season rains produced robust canopies, which provided invaluable shade during a week-long heat event that kicked harvest into gear during the last week of August. This was followed by a much-needed cooldown that allowed the vines to recuperate, while also giving us extra hangtime for flavor development and tannin resolution. We harvested throughout September and into early October, with the grapes showing lovely ripeness and quality, yielding plush, polished and wonderfully complex wines.

Comments from the Winemaker:
The fantastic 2017 growing season yielded an intense and complex expression of Napa Valley Chardonnay, with alluring aromas of nectarine, yellow plum, pineapple upside-down cake and sweet spices. On the palate, zesty acidity and an underlying silkiness add depth and nuance, with French oak-inspired hints of vanilla, sweet dough and clove framing the generous fruit.