2018 Duckhorn Chardonnay

Year: 2018
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 89
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :

"The 2018 Chardonnay rolls out of the glass with notions of baked apples, pear tart and almond croissant with hints of cedar and allspice. The medium to full-bodied palate has a seductively oily texture and tons of freshness offsetting the spicy apple and pear flavors, finishing with an oaky kick." (WA)

"A full-bodied, creamy white, showing lots of ripe fruit on the nose with peach pie, baked apple and mango, followed by hazelnut and custard pastry on the palate. Crisp acidity. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The 2018 Chardonnay is another well-made wine. Notes of buttered apple, orange blossom, honeysuckle, and a touch of minerality all emerge from the glass, and it's elegant, medium-bodied, and balanced. Drink bottles over the coming year or two." (JD)

"With grapes from such stellar sites as Hudson, Trefethen, Antinori and Stanley Ranch, this white is lush, seamless and sound across the board. It is approachable and fleshy in apple, pear and mango tones, accented by toasted oak and vanilla. -Virginie Boone" (WE)

Winery Notes:
At Duckhorn Vineyards, we have been making wine using grapes from the nest 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.

For both red and white grapes, 2018 offered near picture-perfect growing conditions, with mild spring and summer weather, and no significant heat events. The conditions were ideal for both our Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, which show beautiful tropical notes and ripe flavors at low sugars. While our Chardonnay harvest began about three weeks later than normal, the fruit arrived at the winery in pristine condition, producing dynamic and complex wines. The excellent growing conditions naturally resulted in a slightly larger than average crop for our red Bordeaux varieties, with fully lignified seeds at low sugars levels. With temperate weather throughout fall, we were able to pick each block at optimal ripeness, yielding exceptionally juicy and polished red wines, with plush, well-rounded tannins, and lovely overall structure.

Both complex and alluring, this radiant Chardonnay opens up with aromas of pineapple, stone fruit and lime, as well as hints of white flowers and sweet French oak. On the palate, it is round and silky, with lively acidity and abundant minerality balancing the underlying richness and adding poise to the lush flavors of apple, peach and creamy lemon curd.