2010 Michael Pozzan "Annabella-Special Selection" Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1115492 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *#75 on the Top 100 Best Buys of 2012* A clean, spicy Chardonnay, with classic flavors of oranges, green apples, pears and spices. The oak influence is minimal, allowing the fruit and acidity to star. This shows an elegance that places it at the forefront of Chardonnays in this price range.  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

Michael Pozzan's "Annabella" label represents a high quality and excellent value from carefully selected vineyards. The 2010 Special Selection Chardonnay is sourced from 100% Yountville AVA grapes at a price that is almost unheard of for Napa fruit of this quality. The wine was fermented in French oak and aged sur lie for 6 months before being bottled, but does not have a heavy new wood influence. From the winery: "This Napa Chardonnay has a light golden straw color and ripe aromas of fresh lemon custard and sweet tangerine aromas with a hint of Tahitian vanilla and a touch of clove spice. The palate enters with luscious tropical fruit notes and bold yet balanced acid profile which gives the mid-palate a juicy, almost nectary appeal as the flavors are balanced between ripe mango and sweet passion fruit. Overall there is a floral component reminiscent of jasmine, but not quite as pungent, more of a distant and pleasant fragrance. The final finish on the wine is generous with fruit and perfectly balanced with its acidity and understated oak making it an excellent aperitif and food friendly white. The floral components are subtle but transcendent, taking you some place tropical."

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2012 | Send Email
Every once and a while a value comes along that is simply too good to be true, the 2010 Michael Pozzan "Annabella-Special Selection" Napa Valley Chardonnay is one of those values. When I tasted this wine and heard the price tag associated with it I made the distributor double check her facts, just to be sure. From a California negociant this Chardonnay is actually 100% Yountville fruit that is fermented in French oak and aged sur lies for six months. Usually this would mean a price tag around $25-45 but not in this case. With its precociously fruity nose brimming with red and green apples, peach, cherry and a touch of talc this is wildly pleasing and greatly over delivers for it price point. Lush, full weighted and round on the palate this has no rough edges and plenty of big Chardonnay flavors of toasted marshmallow, lychee, custard and pear. At this price we think that you may want to buy this not by the bottle but by the case.

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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, M√Ęcon, 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 (%): 13.5