From famous California winemaker Nils Venge (the first California winemaker to score 100 pts. from the Wine Advocate), comes a beautifully creamy, but not overly buttery Napa chardonnay! Their first vintage of Chardonnay dates way back to 1983 from vines planted on the estate that were then just three years old. Today, Saddleback enhances their Oakville estate with a small amount of fruit sourced from Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, Napa Valley, the Henry’s Block in Carneros, Napa Valley, and Mt.Veeder, Napa Valley.
The nose of this wine emits aromas of pear, lemon rind, and brioche. The taste echoes the lovely nose and has a viscous mouth-feel due to the battonage (stirred sur-lees) process. The long finish has aftertastes of peach, pear, lemon and a hint of toast. This chardonnay is a perfect accompaniment with dried fruit, cheese, crab, or lobster.
Most California producers focus on the noble grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc) for their wines, but there is also a lot of experimentation happening with other, lesser-known varieties. California is far and away the largest wine producing state in the USA and it produces a wide range of quality wine.
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