2009 Kalinda Napa Valley Chardonnay

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This Chardonnay comes from one of Napa Valley's best producers of the varietal. If you love Rombauer Chard (and so many do!), this will wow you as it's made in a similar style: on the rich side but this one has fine acidity to hold it together along with hazelnut aromas and toasty vanilla oak.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2011 | Send Email
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"The current, newly released Kalinda Chardonnay style is another rich, viscous, creamy, vanillin Chardonnay, but, once again as with the Santa Barbara production, with structure and depth of character. On the nose, it is lavish and distinctive, showing all the qualities mentioned above. In the mouth, you will be treated to a full-scaled Chardonnay that is broad, pronounced, and distinctively domestic without being overdone. Although this Chardonnay is sitting at 15% ABV, the intense and structured flavor profiles are as such, that the alcohol is buried in the richness of the wine. This Gem shows an incredible topical to white peach fruit presentation on the palate, with restrained vanillin, oaky tones that support the structure of this Gem, and leads to a long, warm finish. We have been sworn to absolute secrecy as to who this Chardonnay is coming from in Napa Valley, and it so definitely is of such quality to deserve a “Reserve” and special label. In fact, we lobbied Clyde to create a special red label for this Gem but he refused. The Beaner has informed me that this will be one of our house whites for however much time it is available." (Jim Barr)
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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 15