2014 White Rock Napa Valley Chardonnay (Previously $38)
*One Star* There are family resemblances between this wine and its mate above in their appley focus and supporting oak, but this wine is tight both in aroma and across the palate and comes with acidity that sticks out a bit. It is nearly equal to its mate in ripeness while lacking some of that wine's greater depth and richness, and it is recommended for service with pan-grilled trout, cracked crab and other lighter preparations.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chardonnay from White Rock Vineyards offers attractive minerality, hints of pineapple and orange rind, medium body, a discreet use of oak, and excellent fruit and purity. It could easily pass for a premier cru Chablis in a blind tasting. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. The wines from White Rock are refined and restrained, but always flavorful and promising. (RP)
From the winery: "2014 was another beautiful vintage at White Rock, and this Chardonnay is showing beautifully and lively. The nose is bright and fresh with notes of zesty lemon and stone fruits. Green apple fragrances yield to a full mouth of quince, ripe melon, and finishes with hints of Meyer lemon. Our Chardonnay develops its lush mouth feel from 11 months of sur-lies aging in French oak barrels. The acid is bright and well integrated, promising excellent age-ability."