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2014 Clos du Val Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1301021 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay, which displays slightly fresher acids, is basically an unoaked presentation even if there is wood being used. The wine offers pleasant citrus, medium body, and a good, clean, fresh style. (RP)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

Made exclusively using grapes from the Clos du Val Carneros estate vineyard, the 2014 Chardonnay is a vivid and alluring wine, with layered aromas of baked apple, orange blossom, pear, butterscotch and brioche. On the palate, bright, mouthwatering acidity and wet stone minerality add poise and precision to flavors of nectarine and Anjou pear, all of which are underscored by oak-inspired hints of caramel and baking spice. 100% barrel fermented, the wine spent 11 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new.

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2017 | Send Email
With our great pricing, you can't go wrong with this ultimate crowd-pleasing Chardonnay. This is 100% Chardonnay, barrel-fermented and all from the Clos Du Val estate vineyard in Carneros. Only going through 25% malolactic fermentation, the minerality and fresh acidity is able to shine through. Yellow apple, fresh peach, baking spice and butterscotch is expressed on the palate with a nice, clean finish. The balance of this Chardonnay really impressed me, and I think it will for you too.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2017 | Send Email
This is the best all-around California Chardonnay we've offered for less than $20 since the Napa Cellars editions back in 2010. It's not flashy, or over the top, just classically round and fruit-forward Carneros style white wine for a great price. The 2014 Clos du Val isn't a super malolactic, buttery style by any means, but it still scratches that itch if that's what you're after. Those who like less oak will still want to give this a whirl. There's still a freshness to the acidity, but it straddles that middle of the road line quite wonderfully. If you like the richer Chardonnays of Napa, but don't feel like shelling out $30-$50 on a weeknight, this is a simpler, Wednesday night version that still delivers quality. It's your one-stop shopping Chardonnay for a nice little discount. Clos du Val was one of the original producers that partook in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, so the pedigree here is sound and they've been farming their estate Carneros vineyard for forty years. It's not often we see a wine with that type of history at this price point.

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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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- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.