2009 Miner Family "Wild Yeast" Napa Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1125256 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 As is often the case, Miner's Chardonnay fermented with wild yeast is an intense and very complex wine whose plentiful fruit is laced with toasty spice, and it is made more interesting yet in this outing by suggestions of roasted nuts and a bare touch of dried orange peel. The wine is mouth-filling and supple with a touch of oily richness in feel, yet it is neither soft nor sluggish despite steering away from overt acid. It is rich, it is balanced and it is very long at the finish, and its minor suggestion of heat will be made moot by service with the flavorful foods that it so clearly requests.  (1/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 A big, rich style, with a yeasty, leesy edge to the baked apple and pear flavors. Shows a strong presence of new smoky oak while remaining balanced overall. Drink now through 2019.  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

People love their Chardonnay! After all the talk of bringing the style of Chard back down to earth from a balance perspective the truth is the vast majority of folks are still looking for one of those big, oaky, buttery numbers. If you fall into this majority then you should be getting ready to fill your cart with the 2009 Miner Family "Wild Yeast" Napa Valley Chardonnay. Here is a wine that we happily sell every year for around $40 presented to you for an insane price. I can think of no other Chardonnay we have in the store that delivers this much spicy/sweet oak interplay, lush stone fruit and a tons of buttery, lees-y richness for the same cost. But this is also no one trick pony, the levels of complexity here are quite refreshing for a wine of this style with layers of baking spice, cashew, lime blossom, tropical fruits and a lifting note of lemon oil in the finish. We couldn’t be happier with this wine for the style that it so wonderfully represents and at the super secret price we don’t think it is going to be around long. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/15/2013  | Send Email
People love their Chardonnay! After all the talk of bringing the style of Chard back down to earth from a balance perspective the truth is the vast majority of folks are still looking for one of those big, oaky, buttery numbers. If you fall into this majority then you should be getting ready to fill your cart with the 2009 Miner Family "Wild Yeast" Napa Valley Chardonnay. Here is a wine that we happily sell every year for around $40 presented to you for an insne price. I can think of no other Chardonnay we have in the store that delivers this much spicy/sweet oak interplay, lush stone fruit and a tons of buttery, lees-y richness for the same cost. But this is also no one trick pony, the levels of complexity here are quite refreshing for a wine of this style with layers of baking spice, cashew, lime blossom, tropical fruits and a lifting note of lemon oil in the finish. We couldn’t be happier with this wine for the style that it so wonderfully represents and at the super secret price we don’t think it is going to be around long.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3