2014 White Rock Napa Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1260281 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bright, forceful and slightly reductive, this white is aged less than a year in neutral French oak, allowing the fruit to speak and offer richness on the midpalate. Gingerbread and lemongrass flavors accent its essential core of green apple fruit. (VB)  (5/2017)

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)  (12/2015)

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Staff Image By: Brian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2016 | Send Email
One of the highlights of our recent Napa trip, and one of my personal favorites, was White Rock Vineyards, nestled in the southern foothills of the Stags Leap range. First, we tasted the 2014 White Rock Napa Valley Chardonnay, which is grown in the lowest and coldest area of the vineyard, all barrel fermented, and aged for 11 months on the lees in French oak. The result is a clean, crisp and well-balanced wine with great acid structure and a wonderful intensity—all in a lean and focused package with no extra flab whatsoever. The Chardonnay has notes of Granny Smith apple, orange peel and Meyer lemon. This is the perfect Chardonnay to take on a picnic, or for a lazy afternoon at the beach. Needless to say, I plan on doing both!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2016 | Send Email
A very refined Napa Chardonnay. A wine that has restrained richness and intensity that is driven by fresh acidity. Citrus, apple and stone fruit aromatics with a touch of oak. On the palate it is long and intense with cool fruits and a very subtle touch of oak. Like everything they do at white rock, it is an incredible old world interpretation of Napa.

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 14.1