2017 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay (375ml) (Previously $17)

SKU #1425470 Connoisseurs Guide

 Sporting a nice mix of fresh apples and mildly creamy oak on the nose and very much following suit on the palate, the Frank Family Carneros appellation bottling is a moderately full-bodied Chardonnay that lays all of its cards face up on the table. It edges to juicy sweetness without erring to candied confection and is a well-defined, no-nonsense look at the grape that, if not as deep or dramatic as either of its two single-site cellarmates of the same vintage, counts a good deal of straightforward richness on the positive side of its ledger.  (11/2019)

K&L Notes

While we've recommended the Frank Family Chardonnay in recent years, as a consistent fan-favorite among customers who love buttery, toasty Chardonnays with rich, tropical fruit, this barrel-fermented 2017 release, from Carneros, in the southern Napa Valley, displays its signature volume and length, but also a zippy, lemony acidity to balance and freshen it. The oak is higher toned, and the notes of caramel and quince jam accent the wine. This is no simple "butterball," but a sharp and sumptuous Napa Valley Chardonnay in the ever-more contemporary style.


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