2017 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay

Year: 2017
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 94+
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
Price :
$22.95

FANTASTIC EFFORT!

"The 2017 Chardonnay (no malolactic fermentation) offers notes of fresh pineapple, honeydew melon and lemon tart with touches of allspice, shaved almonds and lanolin. Medium to full-bodied, the fruit hits the palate with amazing freshness and vivacity, sporting loads of citrus and spice notions and finishing long. 7,412 cases produced." (WA)

UNDER $35, AND IT’S NOW ON SALE FOR $22.95 2017 FREEMARK ABBEY NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY

Though the original Freermark Abbey was founded in 1886, its restoration (in the same original facility) occurred about 50 years ago and has been a producer of many good fair priced winners. And a few releases have been truly outstanding values, as is the instance with this 2017 Napa Chardonnay, which to me exhibits a bit more intense varietal character and balance then most of their past chardonnay releases. I agree with the Robert Parker reviewer when he describes. This “2017 Chardonnay (which never underwent malolactic fermentation) offers notes of fresh pineapple, honeydew melon and lemon tart with touches of allspice, shaved almonds and lanolin. Medium to full-bodied, the fruit hits the palate with amazing freshness and vivacity, sporting loads of citrus and spice notions and finishing long. Drink through 2025.”

RATING: 93+

PRICE: $22.95, **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
Light greenish straw in color, our chardonnay expresses fruit aroma of ripe pineapple, ripe banana, guava, apricot, peach and tropical fruit cocktail. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice like nutmeg, light toast, and the nuance of angel food cake. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing long finish. The flavors are lively on the palate with pear, citrus, lemon lime, green apple and fleshy peach. This wine shows great complexity, creaminess, and elegance to compliment many foods.