2011 Kalinda Napa Valley Chardonnay

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This Chardonnay comes from a very famous winemaker in the Napa Valley, responsible for making some of the most famous Napa Chardonnays. As part of our agreement to acquire the wine, we're not allowed to divulge who he is or from which vineyard it came. We can tell you that it is very rich and toasty on the nose and on the palate, with very tropical aromas that follow through. If you like full-blown Rombauer-style Chardonnay for a great price, you will love this beauty. Very limited production and sure to sell out quickly. - Clyde Beffa (K&L)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2013 | Send Email
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Are you a fan of Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay except for the price? Did you fall in love with Rombauer but find it difficult to open more regularly due to the cost? Are you looking for a Chardonnay packed with luscious tropical fruit and sensuous buttery oak at a price point that won’t break the bank? Then look no further because the 2011 Kalinda Napa Valley Chardonnay delivers the goods at a price point that doesn’t empty your wallet and definitely pleases the senses! The 2011 Kalinda Chardonnay starts out with rich, toasty notes of pineapple, golden delicious apples and hints of tropical fruits while a nice streak of acidity and richly textured buttery oak notes nicely meld on the smooth harmonious finish. Fans of big, rich Chardonnay will not be disappointed and the relatively meager price means you can buy twice as much as Rombauer and double your enjoyment!
Drink from 2013 to 2015

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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.