2014 Ruhl Vineyard Mt. Veeder Napa Valley Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Ruhl Vineyard
California: Napa Valley: Mt. Veeder
I have a delightfully delicious, award-winning, 93 point wine for you today.
Today’s Grow Wines 2014 Ruhl Vineyard Mt. Veeder Napa Valley Chardonnay was made by winemaker Lars Bjorkman, who is the Associate Winemaker and Grapegrower for our beloved Saddleback Cellars.
Today’s wine is exciting and invigorating on the nose, with apricot, dried apple, dried honeysuckle flower, river rock, creamed honey, citrus, lemon curd, hazelnut and very subtle white spice.
Impressive, lush and bold on the palate, with Meyer lemon, lemongrass, creamed honey, dried acacia flower, Granny Smith apple, river rock, soft white spice, toasty oak, vanilla and a hint of graphite.
Grow Wines is the creation of Lars and his wife, Molly Hill, who makes wine for Sequoia Grove Winery. This powerhouse team is focused on just a single varietal for their joint project, Chardonnay.
To be more precise, they are focused on making Stunning Chardonnay - which is just what they’ve done with today’s superb wine.
If you love truly exceptional Chardonnay, made by one of the most skilled winemaking teams in the Napa Valley, here is your chance!
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
93 points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast - “This small-production, single-vineyard white hails from a site at the southern end of the appellation, close to Carneros. It shines in golden apple, honey graham cracker and a rich texture that impresses from start to finish. A floral element persists and intrigues, a mix of wildflower and fennel.”
Glinting, light golden yellow hue, from perfectly clear core, right out to the edge.
Apricot, dried apple, dried honeysuckle flower, river rock, creamed honey, citrus, lemon curd, hazelnut and very subtle white spice.
Meyer lemon, lemongrass, creamed honey, dried acacia flower, Granny Smith apple, river rock, soft white spice, toasty oak, vanilla and a hint of graphite.
Soft on entry, then quickly bold as fruit flavors rush to the far corners of the palate. As fruits slowly fade, minerals, spice and sweet oak take over, ramping up and then sustaining for a good long while before slowly fading away. At the end, a plush, crushed velvet feel spreads from edge to edge.
This dynamic, delicious wine would be great with a light white fish, grilled chicken or pork medallions with Japanese sweet potato, shallots and fennel.
What the Winery Says
- Lars Bjorkman
- Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder
- 6.0 g/L
- 12% full malolactic fermentation
- 88% non malolactic fermentation
- Harvest date
- September 9th, 2014
- 12 months
- 18% new French oak
- Bottling Date
- August 31st, 2015
- 281 cases