2010 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Chardonnay

SKU #1107030 94 points Wine & Spirits

 Stuart Smith dry farms just over 10 acres of Chardonnay, which he began planting in 1972 on North facing slopes. His brother, Charles, ferments this wine in new French oak barrels, and while the oak is there in the flavors, it doesn't get in the way. Completely mineral-driven and rooty when first poured, this takes hours of air for the fruit to come forward, a wallop of pear and apple, as if biting into fresh fruit. The structure remains tight, holding the fruit succulence to a quiet shimmer, set to age with grace.  (6/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This Chardonnay has plenty of ripe pineapple, pear and tropical fruit flavors. Having aged in 100% new French oak barrels, it offers rich notes of vanilla and buttered toast. Like all of Smith-Madrone's wines, this has great acidity and minerality, and even some tannins. Give this some time, and see how it is after 2017.  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "The 2010 Chardonnay has more color than most of our Chardonnays ---it is an alluring pale gold. The aroma is pure Chardonnay with subtle undertones of French oak and hints of ripe pear. Tasting confirms that this is a hedonist’s delight - big, round, smooth and viscous and with tasty acidity. The palate is very resolved and has a classical Chardonnay aroma that is coupled to big California sunshine flavors."

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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 (%): 14.4