2009 Reserve Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Red Hen Vineyard
California: Napa Valley: Oak Knoll District
Summer is in full-swing here in Wine Country and when we get thirsty, we hanker for a great Chardonnay. Especially one with some class and complexity. Today’s wine satisfies these criteria - and then some!
We are so pleased to bring you a remarkable Chardonnay from our great friends at Ideology Cellars. Their 2009 Reserve Chardonnay hails from the Oak Knoll appellation in the Napa Valley.
This delicious wine is complex and bold, but also very approachable. It shows terrific poise and overall balance, leading our tasting panel to give the wine a highly recommended for any fan of complex Chardonnay.
Daffodil gold with glinting edges that catch the light. Tall, skinny tears start high on the glass wall before running slowly downward.
Layered and lush with a excess of intriguing aromatics. The wine starts with lemon zest and violets, with earthy aromas of subtle marjoram and oregano. As the wine opens up, brioche and ricotta arrive.
Complex, clean and bold with peach, golden delicious apple, citrus zest, white creamed honey and light cream.
Very long and flavorful, with all of the fruits diminishing in equal proportion. Light, fresh herbs and a hint of oak with white pepper show in the corners of the palate. After a moment, something interesting happens: a delicious golden raspeberry appears and then gradually tails off.
Pair this wonderful white with a crab salad with fresh fennel or crab cakes served with blood orange slices and a ginger aioli.