2014 La Follette North Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1333618 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tempting aromas like fresh-baked bread and ripe figs lead to inviting lemon and pear flavors in this full-bodied and nicely layered wine. *Editors' Choice* (JG)  (12/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay North Coast is a light straw color with a slight greenish hue. The wine reveals delicate white peach as well as hints of honey and caramelized citrus in a medium-bodied, steely style that should drink nicely for 4-5 years. (RP)  (3/2016)


 The 2014 Chardonnay (North Coast) is a pretty Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. Lemon peel, white flowers and white pepper are all given an extra kick of brightness from partial fermentation and aging in stainless steel. This is a very attractive Chardonnay done in an acid-driven style that emphasizes freshness. (AG)  (2/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Though the texture offers pithy citrus skin and savory herb notes, this is well-focused and maintains the core flavors. (JL, Web Only-2016)

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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.