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30% Off a 93-Point, Sub-$20 Carneros Chard from BV - 11/26/2017 - Chardonnay (domestic)

Beaulieu Vineyard has one of the longest and most impressive histories in California winemaking and when you try their 2014 Reserve Carneros Chard it is easy to see why. As classic a Carneros Chardonnay as we’ve ever had, it masterfully blends opulence and richness with sublime focus and clarity. When it comes to Chardonnay, Carneros fruit always counts among our favorites, as it offers up tons of exotic tropical tones alongside more traditional flavors white peach and apple. Thanks to barrel fermentation and sur lie aging, this 2014 is richly textured with a supremely engaging mouthfeel. It’s hard to believe a Chard this well composed and complex can be had for under $30, much less for under $20. If it’s been awhile since you last enjoyed a BV Chard, we strongly recommend you give the 2014 a spin. You’ll be more than glad that you did.

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2014 Beaulieu Vineyard "Reserve" Carneros Chardonnay (Elsewhere $28) ($19.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Typical Napa chard with lemon rind, apple and hints of lime follow through to a medium body. Firm backbone of acidity and minerality with a linear phenolic backbone. A beauty. The real deal. Drink now." (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Beaulieu Vineyard is a historically significant winery in California's Rutherford AVA that has been producing wine for more than a century. During Prohibition, it managed to obtain a contract to supply sacramental wine to churches (increasing their business fourfold), meaning it was able to remain in production between 1920 and 1933 when the Volstead Act was repealed. This makes Beaulieu one of the longest continually operational wineries in the United States. Winery note: "With its perfect balance of creamy opulence and bright acidity, our 2014 Reserve Carneros Chardonnay shows off our finest vineyards in the Los Carneros region. Lush aromas of white peach, exotic tropical fruit, crème brûlée, honeycomb and white flower lead to round, fruit-intense flavors that flow across the palate. Barrel fermentation and sur lie aging enhanced the wine’s rich texture and flavor complexity while integrating vanilla and oak spices that linger on the finish."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 20, 2017

California Chardonnay sometimes gets a bad rap. And yes there are some pretty appalling examples out there. This wine from BV however takes a classic flavor profile, that has taken the wine world by storm over the last few decades, and delivers a faithful rendition with notable balance and length. It's a rich wine with plenty of tropical fruit, baked apple pie and creamy notes. But there is also a nice saline component, a core of bright acidity, the oak is well judged and not overbearing. This is going to make a lots of classic CA Chardonnay drinkers happy especially at our super sharp pricing.