2007 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1041420

Can't get your hands on enough Rombauer Chardonnay to satisfy your thirst? Try this "baby Rombauer" from Napa Cellars. Founded by Rich Frank and Koerner Rombauer in 1996, Napa Cellars is the better known winery's more casual label, boasting drink-it-every-day prices. Like Romabuer Chard, this comes with all of the tropical fruit, lemony acidity and creamy texture you can handle. Try it with parmigiano-crusted chicken or chicken marsala.

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2009  | Send Email
This is truly the "baby Rombauer"! Rich, creamy texture with classic tropical fruit. With Rombauer being even richer and oakier, I prefer the Napa Cellars when I'm needing a wine with brighter acidity and lift to pair with my favorite summertime meals.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/2/2009  | Send Email
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Rich, rich, rich! Those of you who like buttery chardonnays will love this one. It is also a real bargain.
Top Value!

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2009  | Send Email
Rich, buttery, and full of fruit. For California fans "Baby Rombauer" is like it's big brother at half the price!

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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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.