93 Points - James Suckling
2019 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay
At Duckhorn Vineyards, we have been making wine using grapes from the finest Napa Valley vineyards for over 40 years. Building on this rich history, our Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from the coolest regions. In the cellar, we applied classic techniques of French oak barrel fermentation with lees stirring, resulting in a Chardonnay that balances the complexity and richness of Napa Valley.
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Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay; Fermentation & Aging: 95% Barrel Fermented, 5% Tank Fermented;100% French Oak barrels: 40% New, 30% Second Vintage, 30% Neutral
This alluring wine displays aromas of yellow peach, lemon cream, pear and mango, along with French oak-inspired notes of brioche, sweet baking spices and crème brûlée. The luxurious peach and pear notes are echoed on the silky palate, where they mingle with layers of lush nectarine apricot, clove and lemongrass, with graceful underlying acidity carrying the wine to a long resonant finish.
2019 brought another exceptional vintage to Napa Valley, resulting in wines with alluring polish and poise! The season began with a wet winter followed by a mild spring. While this led to a slightly later-than-normal start to the season, ideal summer weather with no significant heat spikes ensured ideal flavor development, yielding complex and vibrant whites, and refined reds with elegant tannins, enticing aromatics and beautiful fruit flavors.
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