One of Napa Valley’s early players, Duckhorn has been working with some of the valley’s best vineyards for over 35 years. Their Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from the coolest regions and the wine is prepared using classic Burgundian technique. The wine fermented in French oak (45% new, 23% second use, and 22% neutral) with regular lees stirring, then matureed ten months in barrel prior to bottling. Around a third of the barrels went through malolactic fermentation, yielding a nicely tuned balance between bright acidity and mellow cream on the palate.
From the gorgeous aromas of nectarine, vanilla, and cream to the bright entry and rich, silky texture, this is a vibrant and complex Chardonnay. On the palate, flavours of pear, peach, chai spice, and wildflowers are framed by delicate French oak leading to a long, mineral-driven finish.
“A delicious Chardonnay with sliced cooked apples and subtle vanilla and cream on the nose and palate. Hints of toffee and butterscotch, too. Full-bodied and compact. Racy finish. Very serious. Drink or hold.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2020
“The 2017 Chardonnay features bright, youthful grapefruit, fresh lemons and pineapple notes with touches of baking bread and allspice. Medium-bodied, elegant and refreshing, it has a silken texture and bags of citrus flavours, finishing spicy.”
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2019