White flower top note, with orange and mango sherbet aromas. Super fresh and brightly aromatic. Moderately creamy on the palate, with brisk acidity – not as much as our Lot 401 Russian River Chard, but more than our Arroyo Secos. Big fruit impact, and a terrific touch of spice on the finish as well. This pairs beautifully with shellfish, white meat, and soft cheeses.
Style: Light, Fruity
Flavors: Citrus, Vanilla
Los Carneros is Napa Valley's most famous Chard-growing region for good reason – the temperatures are among the coolest, and the conditions are also the windiest. The wind and fog make it perfect for cooler climate varietals like Chardonnay.
Today’s release, Lot 427 2012 Los Carneros Chardonnay, comes from Cold Creek Vineyard, a source for a handful of prestigious $30-35 programs. It happens to be the source for one of California’s most famous Chardonnay brands (which I’m not at liberty to mention this time around), and is also the same vineyard that produced our Double Gold Medal-winning Carneros Chards from the 2009 vintage - Lots 209 and 222. Winemaker notes this time around include “age-worthiness”, which you don’t see too often in this category.