($42) Straw-green color; less polished than the Napa Valley bottling. Musky aromas of yellow plum, nectarine and orange.Round, silky, fat and rich, with a distinctly more exotic fruit character than the Napa release. This rather thick chardonnay shows more obvious alcohol and a bit less precision.
89 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Carneros straddles the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay. This appellation has thin soils and receives little rainfall. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog over Carneros from the ba
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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