Rutherford Vintners Napa Valley Chardonnay
The Growing Season
Started with an abundance of rainfall and late soil moisture. The long, warm summer saw very few extreme heat events, with foggy mornings setting the stage for vibrant and expressive wines. The long, relatively mild, finish to the season helped to preserve freshness and finesse in the fruit with abundant hang time teasing out great color, structure and soft tannins. Yields were average to a little below average. All in all, exceptional fruit with bright acidity and ample texture promises an amazing vintage. The Chardonnay was fermented in a combination of temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and French and American oak barrels. Our stainless steel fermentation process allows us to preserve the fruit’s natural lush flavors and aromatic qualities. Fermentation in oak barrel, sur lies, then imparts richness and a creamy texture to the mid palate, creating a complex yet elegantly balanced Napa Valley Chardonnay.
This is a deliciously versatile wine to be enjoyed as an apéritif or accompaniment to halibut and a citrus vinaigrette field green salad with roasted peaches. Enjoy with your favorite selection of cheeses.
Wine Description Aromas & Flavors
Toasted oak notes of caramel and spice, opens up to reveal tree fruit aromas including ripe pear, dried apricot and Golden Delicious apples. A full-bodied wine with bright acidity, balanced with oak flavors showing as vanilla and sweet-oak through to the palate.
The TastingPanel Magazine and The Somm Journal July/August 2022
92 Points: "Aromas of lemon blossom, cookie dough and chamomile are charming. The wine's innate elegance and great acidity shows through a creamy, pillowy mouthfeel. Spiced vanilla and lime chiffon go far on the finish."
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