2014 AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1356940 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Like the 2015, the 2014 Chardonnay is a terrific example of the variety, possessing richness and freshness. Notes of buttered citrus, honeysuckle, stone fruits, and white peach give way to a medium to full-bodied, rich, opulent 2014 that has good acidity and clean, dry, chiseled finish. It’s top flight stuff that will keep for upwards of a decade.  (12/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The stunning 2014 Chardonnay offers up steely notes of white currants, citrus oil, nectarine and white peach. Medium to full-bodied, it displays terrific acidity and beautiful fruit purity that reminds me of some of the great Domaine Niellon premier cru Chassagne-Montrachets of the mid-1980s. (RP)  (10/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made by winemaker Jean Hoefliger of Alpha Omega, this is gorgeous white, fleshy and complex in anise, pear and briny green olive. The texture is fleshy and balanced in lasting acidity that provides a freshness and succulence of great distinction. *Editor's Choice* (VB)  (7/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Exotic, offering perfumed aromas of white peach, nectarine and rose petal and a medley of citrus notes, this is rich, clean and refreshing, ending with a long, zippy aftertaste. (JL)  (7/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "On the nose: explosion of butterscotch, caramel, pear, dried apricot with touches of mango, honey, canned peaches and touches of slate. On the palate: fresh entrance evolving on vanilla beans with caramel, quince, pear, pineapple with vibrant acidity and minerality."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2018 | Send Email
This is a wine of pedigree. Made by Jean Hoefliger the winemaker of celebrated Napa winery Alpha Omega. This dynamic Chardonnay sits stylistically between a rich, powerful white burgundy (think Corton ish) and a more restrained California expression of Chardonnay. It has powerful concentration with baked orchard fruit, nectarine, quince, cornmeal, and spiced apple pie. There is some classy French oak present but playing a supporting role to the fruit, never interrupting. The wine has a beautiful acid line adding tension and retaining focus into the long, persistent finish showing beautiful clarity. If this were Burgundy...you could expect to pay at least twice this price...maybe significantly more.
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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This is one of my favorite California Chardonnays I’ve tasted recently. This wine is made by Jean Hoefliger, a Swiss native who’s full time job is crafting wines for Alpha Omega Winery. AXR's 2014 Chardonnay shows excellent balance with a round, full palate and driving acidity. This crowd pleaser has complex character with stone fruits, citrus, minerality and a bright, clean finish.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 14.1