2012 Orchard Avenue Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Orchard Avenue Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Judgement of Paris
Today only, you get to taste a bit of world wine history - for just $24.99, which is a mere fraction of what this Ultra QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) wine is worth. I’ve tasted Chardonnays of 2 to 3 times the price that are every bit an equal to today’s wonderful wine.
Today’s fantastic (yes, fantastic) Tallulah Wines 2012 Orchard Avenue Chardonnay hails from what is arguably one of the most famous American Chardonnay vineyards in history. Orchard Avenue is a 3.4 acre Napa Valley vineyard that was planted in 1970 - and made up a portion of the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976.
On the nose, lime, lime flower, lime leaf, Kefir lime and Meyer lemon take the lead. After the wine warms a little, it opens up to reveal added aromas of toasty oak, vanilla, lemongrass, straw and a hint of white rose.
Creamy and bright and incredibly delicious on the palate, with tangerine, Meyer lemon, key lime, golden apricot, vanilla cream, toasted oak and pear, with hints of butterscotch, quince and soft flinty minerals. The acidity and rich fruit really make this Chardonnay come alive. This is a vital, rich and outstandingly delicious wine that calls wines of twice its price rivals.
Enjoy now and be sure to lay a couple of bottles down for the next few years. This incredible wine will evolve - and get even better.
Dark golden yellow, with perfect clarity and tall, chubby legs that form high up on the glass wall - before moving very slowly downward.
Lime, lime flower, lime leaf, Kefir lime, Meyer lemon, toasty oak, vanilla, lemongrass, straw and a hint of white rose.
Tangerine, Meyer lemon, key lime, golden apricot, vanilla cream, toasted oak and pear, with hints of butterscotch, quince and soft flinty minerals.
Extra long and very balanced, with flavors tailing off in equal proportion.
This wine would be a fantastic aperitif, enjoyed all on its own, or enjoyed with fish, fowl or even a lovely Thai meal.
What the Winery Says
- Mike Drash
- Napa Valley
- Harvest Date
- October 3rd, 2012
- 22 months
- 50% new French Oak from the Burgundian cooper, Billon