A great small-produyction Napa Chardonnay from Barnett Vineyards on Spring Mountain.Hal Barnett told us he has contracted the same parcels, same rows for years so the flavor profile and style would have an estate character. Using two Dijon clones and a Wente clone of Chardonnay, then going 22% through malolactic fermentation, winemaker David Tate has produced a delicious Chardonnay in 2010. The wine is made in a style that Chardonnay lovers could sip alone, but has the backbone and structure to succeed at the table. There are interesting layers of flavor to savor, with a floral element buried in there. Very attractive. Rich and layered, with a mix of tangerine, nectarine, spice and honeysuckle. Full-bodied, ending with a spicy, citrus- and cedar-laced finish.
Too much oak for my liking but a classic Cali Chard.
Too much oak for my liking but a classic Cali Chard.8.8
Doug Kelley gift
Doug Kelley gift9.6