2012 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay
California: Oak Knoll District (Napa)
Today’s offering from Maroon Wines is a bright and bold wine with plenty of character. This delicious Maroon Wines 2012 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay is very full on the nose. On the palate, the wine leads with bright fruit on entry, where it bursts with fresh citrus fruit, white flowers and a hint of vanilla. At the end, it finishes with toasty oak and a zesty hint of spice.
This bright, complex and delicious Chardonnay is an ideal companion for many a meal. Serve it as a first course wine, with cheeses and fruits, or as a main course palate enhancer. Serve with an array of main course meals, including herb roasted fowl, glazed ham or even a lean filet.
Enjoy right out of the chiller, but see how the wine comes alive as it warms even slightly in the glass.
Pale golden hued through and through, from core to edge.
Complex and bright, with notes of white peach, young pineapple, lime flower, and a hint of caramel apple.
Refined and well balanced, with flavors of Bartlett pear, Meyer lemon, toasty oak, sweet vanilla spice, and subtle hints of brioche and caramel.
A wonderful blend of fruit, spice, and oak, with the fruit and spice notes coming through up front and fading to a toasted oakiness on the back of the palate.
We recommend a lighter dish of crab, mango, and avocado salad, served with a fresh citrus dressing.
What the Winery Says
The wine has rich aromas of ripe tropical fruits, creamy toasty oak, and a little bit of buttery tones. On the palate, the wine is very well balanced with ripe fruits and balanced acidity.
- Paul Maroon
- Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
- 100% Chardonnay
- Release date
- September 2013
- 0.56 g/100mL
- 582 cases
About the Winery
Maroon Wines was founded by Paul Maroon in 2008. The focus of Maroon is usually on single varietal, single vineyard wines and their philosophy is to introduce as little winemaking manipulation as possible from the vineyard to the bottle.
Along with their “estate” vineyard, Maroon sources from a variety of premium vineyards in the valley and hand crafts a number of very small production wines from vineyard sources that may change from year to year. These wines are often only made available to their wine club and a select few others, like The Wine Spies.
The focus of Maroon is usually on single varietal, single vineyard wines. Winemaker Paul Maroon’s philosophy is to introduce as little winemaking manipulation as possible from the vineyard to the bottle.
Winemaker Paul Maroon
Paul Maroon became interested in winemaking over 40 years ago while as a young man helping his uncle make wine in Pennsylvania. After earning a college degree on the East Coast he came to California for his MBA. In the back of his mind he always knew that, for him, Napa Valley was the place to be.
Paul visited as often as possible throughout the years and finally, in 2000, looking to return to this agricultural roots, he realized his dream and relocated to the Napa Valley. He purchased property just north of the city of Napa and there he began his life as a vintner and has been growing grapes and making fine wines ever since.
For ten years Paul had a lucrative contract with Joseph Phelps to sell them the Cabernet Sauvignon from his Coombsville vineyard. These grapes were used in their Insignia blend. Before the contract ended, Paul made under two barrels of wine for himself and realized the quality of fruit his vineyard could achieve as a single varietal, single vineyard wine. As a result, his first commercial vintage of Maroon Wines came two years later in 2008.