2017 Napa Cellars Chardonnay

Year: 2017
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
James Suckling: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Apple and almond tart flavors feature citrusy accents in this minerally style. Smoke and spice details show on the finish. Drink now. 13,500 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"Shows good freshness on the nose with green apples, limes and pear drops. Light to medium body, bright acidity and a crunchy finish. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Grapes for the 2017 Napa Cellars Chardonnay were selected from vineyards in renowned Chardonnay locations including south Napa Valley, Oak Knoll and Carneros. The proximity of these vineyards to the fog and breeze from San Francisco and Marin Bay creates a cooler climate, which is ideal for growing Chardonnay. These coastal effects also allow for a longer growing season, giving the fruit more time on the vine and helping produce energetic acidity and flavorful fruit.

The 2017 growing season offered superlative growing conditions with abundant rain at the beginning of the year. Harvest brought lower yields with fruit of excellent quality.

At Napa Cellars, the Chardonnay grapes are carefully hand-picked, harvested and crushed. The wine is then fermented and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay is then aged for eight months in French oak barrels, 24% new.