Nicholson Jones

2015 'Dolly Hill' Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay

Chardonnay •Truchard Vineyard

California: Napa Valley: Carneros

Offer Expired:Oct 05, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$38.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

Jonesing

Oh hey.

Guess what? We got a good one today. A truly spectacular Chardonnay made by a total rockstar winemaker, from a highly sought after vineyard, at a price that defies understanding.

Let’s start with the man behind the wine, Julian Fayard. The French born winemaker extraordinaire learned a few things at Châteaux Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte before arriving stateside to set the 100-point standard at places like Quintessa, Realm, and Covert Estate. Cal Nicholson brought him on board to make nothing less than the absolute best wine possible.

Anyone who appreciates that lush, flashy style should be all over this. Once it hits your mouth the flavors just seem to expand like Alice when she ate that mushroom. The sheer depth of flavor is remarkable - heaps of butterscotch, golden pear, and pineapple up front. With ginger, orange blossom, candied lemon peel and a pleasant minerality filling out the remaining space. All wrapped up in a zippy while creamy texture.

Need affirmation by the wine media? Don’t bother to look around, these wines are WAY under the radar as their mailing list likes it that way. With a resume like Fayard’s who needs the press anyway?

At $38 this seems like a deal. At $19 the value is absurd. If you love the likes of Kistler or Peter Michael, or Morlet Family, or any number of similar fleshy, flashy Chardonnay, you’ll dig this.

And if you don’t get some, someone else will.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Pale but bright yellow-gold with a tinge of hay

Smell:

Butterscotch, golden pear, and pineapple up front

Taste:

Ginger, orange blossom, candied lemon peel filling out

Finish:

Lush, flashy, all wrapped up in a zippy while creamy texture

Pairing:

Calamari doré, sole meunière, or brown butter poached scallops

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Julien Fayard
Varietal
100% Chardonnay
Vintage
2015
Appellation
Carneros, Sonoma Coast
Vineyard
Truchard Vineyard
Alcohol
13.8%
Aging
12 months
Vessels
100% stainless steel
Production
8 barrels

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Oct 05, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$38.00
Avg. Price
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