2019 VINE CLIFF LOS CARNEROS NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY
This time of year, we start our tastings with nearly two dozen Chardonnays, and see every style from extremely rich, luscious and buttery offerings, to shimmering, unoaked crisp and minerally, Chablis-like examples. Somewhere in the middle of those very opposite styles you’ll find a perfect balance of concentrated, pristinely focused fruit that perfectly balances the elegant oak and subtle buttery characteristics. When we find one of these, it really stands out in a crowd of countless others.
Vine Cliff has a terrific reputation of quality and consistency and is one of Napa Valley’s historic wineries, being established in 1871. This Chardonnay comes from their twelve-acre Estate vineyard in the heart of the Los Carneros appellation, an area that’s absolutely perfect for producing perfectly ripe, incredibly balanced Chardonnay fruit. The fruit was pressed long and slow in a Champagne style to maximize freshness and you’ll taste it in this brilliant Napa Valley Chardonnay.