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From the producer: "At Napa Cellars, the Chardonnay grapes are carefully hand-picked, harvested and crushed. At the winery, a portion of the juice is then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. The balance of the juice is barrel fermented and aged for seven months, and then put through malolactic fermentation."
94 points Vinous: "Beringer's 2013 Chardonnay Private Reserve emerges from Gamble Ranch in Oakville. Classy, polished and restrained, the 2013 is absolutely superb. Above all else, the 2013 is a wine of finesse. Hints of pastry, baked apple and spices are woven into the super-expressive, oily finish. This was my first tasting at Beringer following Laurie Hook's move into the role of Winemaker Emeritus. Mark Beringer, the great-great grandson of founder Jacob Beringer, is the newly arrived Chief Winemaker. These are all Laurie Hook's wines, though. Needless to say, it will ...Read More »
Far Niente is a benchmark for quality in Napa Valley. The 2014 vintage has yet to be reviewed, but the 2013 earned 92 points from Wine Spectator with rave reviews: "Firm and intense, well-focused and vibrant, centered on spicy citrus, green apple and pear flavors, with hints of honeysuckle, white peach and flinty stone. Lingers on the finish, with a pithy edge to the lemon and green stone fruit notes. Drink now through 2019." (06/2015)
Wine Spectator: "Shows a strong, pithy lemon peel bitterness that subsides a bit but dominates the core fruitiness. (JL)" (6/2015)
95 points Wine Spectator: "A bold, rich and creamy style that's remarkably elegant and graceful, with a bounty of ripe flavors built around white peach, nectarine, honeysuckle, fig and floral aromas. Finishes with a long sustained finish that keeps repeating the fruit themes. Drink now through 2021. 2,000 cases made. (Web Only, 2015)"
According to the winery: "Ripe melon, tropical fruit, mango and baked apples all mingle amid the round, luscious texture. Dishes with full flavor are great partners to the Chardonnay. Chicken marinated with fresh lemon and rosemary then grilled, panko-crusted halibut or crostini topped with white bean puree are all excellent choices."
In terms of dream careers, race car driver and winemaker are often at the top of the list—though not usually held by the same individual. Yet former Indy car driver Randy Lewis has managed to make a living out of both passions, settling in the Napa Valley, where he’s been at the wheel of his family winery since 1992. Just in time for summer, Lewis Cellars Chardonnays are expertly crafted by winemaker Josh Widaman (formerly of Pahlmeyer) to drive fans to this small family winery.
92 points Vinous: "The just-bottled 2013 Chardonnay is vibrant and fresh, with a little more cut than is typically the case, the result of a year in which acidities are higher. Lemon peel, white flowers and crushed rocks are wonderfully expressive in this finely-sculpted Chardonnay from Montelena. There is plenty to look forward to here." (12/2014)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay Napa displays beautiful honeysuckle, lemon oil, and hints of nectarine and poached pear, and has a Burgundian, Bâtard-Montrachet-like texture and richness. The wine is sensationally rich and once again a great success from this winery, which has had such an incredible track record for world-class Chardonnays. This should drink well for another 5-7 years, as their record for aging is brilliant. (RP)" (12/2015) 93 points Vinous: "Pahlmeyer's 2013 Chardonnay is gorgeous and also a fascinating contrast to Chardonnay from the family's Wayfarer property on the ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "John Kongsgaard told me that when the unfiltered Chardonnay from Newton was first launched in the early 1980s, the fruit came entirely from what is now the Judge Vineyard of Kongsgaard. No wonder that wine was so spectacular in those days. It also had an incredible aging curve as well. This wine continues to be a strong effort. The 2013 Chardonnay Unfiltered exhibits notes of white peach, honeysuckle and some brioche in a medium to full-bodied, lusciously fruity, rich, complex and full style. It doesn’t have the minerality of the old days of the early 19 ...Read More »
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Vibrant, young, green apple fruit is the driving force of this sleek, nicely made opus with mildly toasty, lightly laid-on oak a constant, if comparatively quiet, companion. The wine is firmly framed and conveys a clear impression of substance and depth, and, while its hard-to-miss acidity may leave it a little taut and tight at the moment, there is no question but that it has very good places to go. Leave it untouched for a couple of years, and know that it will hold for a good many more." (1/2015)
Connoisseurs Guide: "Bright and brisk with a bias to green apples and citrus with but a bare bit of subtle oak in the mix, this straightforward, medium-bodied effort eschews overt ripeness and instead charts a leaner, somewhat firmer course. It is more refreshing than it is rich, yet it keeps Chardonnay character in its sights and it will be most at home with milder fare." (1/2016) Wine Spectator: "Elegantly styled, with a delicate mix of green apple, citrus and quince flavors. Clean and refreshing on the finish. (JL, Web-2016)" K&L Notes: Although famous for their Cabs, Heitz Cellar has been making Chardo... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chardonnay Reserve increases the amount of oak (100% barrel-fermentation and 15 months in new French oak), resulting in copious notes of vanillin and spice box intermixed with pineapple, pear and white currant characteristics. (RP)" (10/2014)
Inventory: San Francisco
Sourced from the Garvey, Genny’s, Stagecoach, Hudson & Hyde Vineyards. Harvested August 28 - September 27, 2013 at 22.4 - 26.2 Brix. Elevage takes place in 30% new French oak 30& used oak, and 40% stainless steel with 50% malolactic fermentation. According to the winery: "Sourced from low-yielding vineyards in Napa Valley, our Chardonnay is characterized by crisp apple, ripe melon and citrus flavors gently balanced with toasty French oak. Our winemaker uses a malolactic fermentation in moderation to retain the wine’s bright acidity. More than a decade af... Read More »
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of California’s most glorious Chardonnays, and still somewhat under the radar, is the Newton 2005 Chardonnay Unfiltered. This is another wine that has the capacity in certain vintages to evolve for 8-10 years. A bottle of the 1991 I had recently was stunning (I rated it 92), and of course it was 16 years of age. There are 10,700 cases of this wine, which is put through full malolactic and bottle unfiltered with minimal manipulation. The 2005 is fabulous, and one of the best examples of this cuvee made at Newton. Notes of honeysuckle, poached pear, br ...Read More »
Renowned for their classically styled Napa Cabernet, beloved for their quirky Grignolino, Heitz Cellar also makes Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and this Chardonnay. A great price for this respected Napa Valley label. Heitz Cellar's tasting notes: "Our 2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay is nothing short of refreshing, an excellent expression of both the varietal and the great 2013 growing season. Aromas of crisp, ripe apple and Asian pear mingle in the glass, while an invigorating acidity plays across the tongue. This is a medium-bodied Chardonnay with a touch of F... Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chardonnay is a non-malolactic 100% Chardonnay that’s 45% barrel-fermented. The wine is sensational. There are nearly 10,000 cases of this wine, which shows loads of white peach, honeysuckle, green apple and melon notes in a distinctive, clean, steely Chablis-like style. There is some tropical fruit, such as pineapple, but the overall character is one of great acid, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and no real oak influence. (RP)" (12/2015) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aged in stainless steel and small barrels of French oak, this wine remains smooth and silky with interweaved ...Read More »
Though the current vintage has yet to be reviewed, the 2013 vintage garnered 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: "Dark gold in color, this is a viscous, ripe and creamy white, layered in minerality and fresh-cut stone fruit. From a mighty mountainous vineyard, it offers bold, full-bodied flavor and texture, a testament to its site, and finishes big in juicy Golden Delicious apple and pear."
Inventory: Redwood City
About the producer: "Darioush Khaledi was instilled at an early age with the winemaking craft of his father, inspired by wine culture in the literary city of Shiraz - in modern day Iran - and the ancient city of Persepolis. He became a lifelong collector, seeking out old world wines infused with tradition and energized by modern technique. Aspiring to the ideals of the American dream, Darioush immigrated to America to seek out opportunities others overlooked. He was an entrepreneur determined to realize his dream, yet always eager to share his journey th... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Hendry’s tasty 2012 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented (14.6% alcohol) comes from a combination of Old Wente and Dijon clones. Although aged 11 months in French oak, the wood component is pushed to the background. It exhibits attractive pineapple, peach and citrus oil notes, good minerality, medium body and lots of character and depth. Drink it now through 2017." (10/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "More floral than fruity, this white spent almost a year in French oak, a third of it new. Still, the oak doesn’t overpower or overwhelm, allowing medium-bodied layers of stone fruit and apple t ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Consistently one of California’s finest, longest-lived Chardonnays is Newton’s Unfiltered Chardonnay...the light green/gold-colored 2003 Unfiltered Chardonnay plays it closer to the vest. It displays hints of marmalade, caramel, liquid rocks, and honeysuckle, good background acidity, more obvious structure and backwardness than the previous two vintages, excellent weight, and a long finish. This beautiful Chardonnay is reminiscent of a top premier cru from Chassagne-Montrachet. (RP)" (12/2005) 92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "More than once in the past, Newton's unfiltered Chardonnay has ...Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a selection of vineyards across the Napa Valley, including Brown Ranch in Carneros, this is a woody, herbal wine, full bodied on the midpalate, with flavors of peach and vanilla. It has aged in both French oak and stainless steel to keep the oak in check, and finishes with fresh Meyer lemon. (VB)" (3/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A clean, fresh, lively Chardonnay with poached pear, a touch of honey, good acidity, a round, luscious mouthfeel, and impressive purity and length, this is an excellent Napa Chardonnay to drink over the next several years. (RP)" (12/2015) Wine Spectator: "Ripe and f ...Read More »
Named to honor Michael Pozzan’s venerable grandmother, Annabella wines are hand sourced from select vineyards throughout the Sonoma and Napa valleys. Whether cabernet sauvignon, merlot or chardonnay, these wines are a toast to a spirited woman of remarkable grace. We remember her love of cooking for family and friends and we celebrate it to this day. Annabella wines represent a wonderful combination of quality and value. This Napa Chardonnay has a medium golden straw color and ripe aromas of fresh mango, passion fruit and kiwi fruit with only a touch of... Read More »
According to the winery: "Every year we grow increasingly more confident that the approach that we take with our Chardonnay not only produces a wine that is lovely upon release, but continues to develop beautifully in the bottle over time. (Just open a 2010, 2011 and 2012 and you’ll see what I mean). Limited barrel fermentation coupled with extended sur lie aging in concrete vats keeps the wine bright and fresh on the finish. This year’s innovation of brief time on the skins before pressing has paid dividends in expressing greater palate depth. Pure mine... Read More »
According to the winery: "The Watson Ranch vineyard is perched on a steep hillside overlooking the San Pablo Bay in the southernmost end of the Napa Valley. The vineyard can be seen on the top of the hill just east of the Green Island Vineyard which we sourced fruit from 2007-09. Exposed and austere, the Watson Ranch is a wind whipped site planted in 1993 by the talented grower Salvador Ramos on marine deposits over limestone. This soil type is extremely rare on the North Coast and lends itself perfectly to growing world class Chardonnay. This soil coupl... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Pithy citrus peel elements impart distinctive texture and flavor in this white, which is pleasing and cleansing. Drink now. (JL)" (6/2016)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chardonnay exhibits good depth and ripeness in its orange rind, quince and white currant notes, along with good minerality. Again, the oak is pushed way into the background in this impressive wine. Drink it over the next several years. (RP)" (12/2015)
92 points Wine & Spirits: "Barrel fermented without having gone through malolactic conversion, this is a firm, completely savory Chardonnay, gaining its viscosity from the richness of alcohol. The oak feels integrated, driving star-fruit flavors toward earthier tones of bitter almond. A full-bodied white for a veal chop." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Good minerality, crisp red currants and citrus emerge from this fresh, lively, medium-bodied 2013 Chardonnay. (RP)" (10/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Soft layers of faint lemon, fig and yellow apple stand out in this pretty, straightforward and slightly tart white, the whole of the ...Read More »
95 points Vinous: "Ric Forman's 2014 Chardonnay is a real stunner. A bit riper than it usually is, the 2014 possesses superb richness and intensity, but tapered with the vibrant, blocked-malo style that Forman pioneered in Napa Valley. The 2014 is a wine of push and pull that engages all the senses with superb textural balance and tons of nuance. Lemon oil, orchard fruit, almonds and dried flowers open up, but above all else the 2014 is a wine of feel. The balance here is just unreal. (AG)" (10/2015) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "He always has pioneered a non-malolactic, crisp, fresh Chardonnay, and the ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There doesn’t appear to be a lot of oak in the 2013 Chardonnay from Hendry, but I like what’s there - some nice caramelized citrus, medium to full body, good mouth texture and lusciousness, but great purity and a steely minerality. This is serious Chardonnay that sort of creeps up on the taster as it’s in the mouth. Drink it over the next several years. (RP)" (12/2015)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a relatively cool hillside site within the Oak Knoll District, this wine dances in lemon and green apple, completely crisp atop a fuller-bodied style embraced in oak. Luxurious on the palate, it finishes with a bite of salty brine. (VB)" (4/2016)
"TEXTBOOK Napa Valley Chardonnay is a crowd-pleaser with orange citrus zest, lime rind, pear and red apple fruit, and a bit of spice. All of these flavors come together on a rich, creamy palate that finishes with refreshing acidity. A great chardonnay for a very tantalizing price. It's our "Wine of the week". - St. Helena Star, July 2015
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a north-facing vineyard, the 2003 Chardonnay Belle Cote (2,500 cases available) possesses loads of tropical fruit characteristics along with hints of tangerines and lemon butter backed up by zesty acidity and a full-bodied, persistent finish. (RP)" (12/2005) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium green-tinged yellow. Compelling aromas of peach, rose petal, lichee and essen tial oils. Dense, rich and chewy, with compelling peachy sweetness thanks to an impression of lowish acidity. Wonderfully seamless Chardonnay with strong extract. Finishes very long and subtle." (6/2005) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A flashy, f ...Read More »
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2011 Newton "Unfiltered" Napa Valley Chardonnay
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2011 Newton "Unfiltered" Napa Valley Chardonnay (93RP). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Chardonnay Unfiltered exhibits notes of white peaches and honeysuckle, a beautiful, medium to full-bodied texture, superb purity, good acidity and a sensual finish. (RP)" (10/2013)
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2011 Newton "Unfiltered" Napa Valley Chardonnay (qty: 2)
End Date: Jul 29 2016 3:30PM PT
Following the success of the 2009 vintage of this Napa valley classic, which received 92 points from Wine Spectator, the 2010 offers aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon and fig accented by notes of toasted hazelnut and baking spices and a hint of sweet blossom. The palate is full and round, with intense tropical fruit flavors balanced by sweet toasted oak on the long, mouth-coating finish. The wine is 100% barrel-fermented, no malo, and aged for 10 months sur lie in 61% new, 39% once-used French oak.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
91 points Wine & Spirits: "Grown under a biodynamic regimen in Grgich’s American Canyon and Carneros vineyards, this ferments without added yeast in oak barrels (40 percent new); it does not go through malolactic fermentation. The style is substantial and distinctive, requiring air to settle into its flavors. At first, the oak battles with the acidity in the orange citrus flavors until they slowly combine into savory fruit richness. Hints of fennel add to the wines complexity, bringing to mind accompaniments such as rabbit pâté or blanquette de veau." (4/2012) 90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Made in the now time-t ...Read More »
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From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium bright gold. Lemon, minerals, nutty oak and spearmint oil on the nose, along with a suggestion of sake. Firmly built, with good zippy acidity framing the citrus, mineral and oak flavors and giving the wine a light touch. Fruity now, this will go honeyed with time in bottle." (May/June '11) From Wine Spectator: "Chablis-like, built on green fruit, tasting of apple, pear and melon flavors that are clean and vibrant. Medium- to full-bodied, ending with a citrusy and minerally edge. Drink now throug... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Vibrant, young, green apple fruit is the driving force of this sleek, nicely made opus with mildly toasty, lightly laid-on oak a constant, if comparatively quiet, companion. The wine is firmly framed and conveys a clear impression of substance and depth, and, while its hard-to-miss acidity may leave it a little taut and tight at the moment, there is no question but that it has very good places to go." (1/2015)
92 points Vinous: "Apricot pit, pear, mint, spice and a touch of earthiness are some of the notes that emerge from the 2012 Chardonnay. Sweet floral notes develop in the glass, adding aromatic lift. The 2012 can be enjoyed today, but as Mayacamas fans know, these wines have a way of aging gracefully for many years. (AG)" (12/2014)
Inventory: Redwood City
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Faintly hazy appearance. Aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, lemon candy and wet stone. Bright but shy, with good mouth feel but only moderate flavor development and intensity. Comes across as slightly hard-edged today, with some acidity yet to be absorbed. (ST)" (5/2002)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
94 points Vinous: "The 2013 Chardonnay is rich, ample and gorgeous. Orange peel, mint, spices, butter, mango and tropical fruit meld together effortlessly in the glass. The 2013 is a big, typically Californian Chardonnay, but even with all of its richness, it remains light on its feet. The malolactic fermentation is mostly blocked, but there is still plenty of intensity. Over the last few years, winemaker Fredrik Johansson has moved towards a greater reliance of larger 500 and 600 liter barrels." (12/2014) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, their 2013 Chardonnay displays oodles of pineapple, poached p ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Chardonnay The Judge sparkles on the palate with brilliant layers of fruit. It is bright, articulate and beautifully centered from start to finish. There is a weightless richness that is almost impossible to describe for its pure elegance. A dazzling, crystalline finish rounds out the flinty, mineral-drenched notes. This is easily the equal of any Chardonnay being made in the world today. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2024. 98+ Points (AG)" (12/2011) 96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium yellow. Nose begins a bit tropical and closed-in but aeration brings great lift from orange r ...Read More »
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94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Chardonnay Haynes Vineyard, from a site in Coombsville, is endowed with a real sense of crystalline purity and nuance. Orange blossom, mint, spice, wild flowers and honey are some of the notes that take shape. A wine of exceptional purity and nuance, the 2014 impresses with its sublime balance. This is a fabulous showing from Ehren Jordan and Failla, as well as one of the many highlights in this strong lineup. Don't miss it. My tasting at Failla was one of the highlights of the two weeks I spent in Sonoma earlier this year. Ehren Jordan's 2014s ...Read More »
LVE wines are made at Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley in collaboration with award-winning recording artist John Legend. The winery's tasting note: "Our 2014 LVE Chardonnay is fruit forward and balanced, delivering aromas of honeydew melon, toasted hazelnut and créme brulée. Seductive and rich texture on the palate, flavors of vanilla créme and toasty oak are balanced with a touch of baking spices and the creamy, rounded mouthfeel leads to a vibrant finish."
Wine Spectator: "Crisp and pithy, with a clean delivery of white peach, melon and apple notes that give this a refreshing mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste. (JL, Web-2016)"
Inventory: Main Warehouse