2014 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay "Napa Valley"
Winery: Freemark Abbey
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"
Wine Category: Chardonnay
Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 9,848
KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 4 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: June 26, 2016
Wine Review: This pale straw colored Napa Chardonnay opens with a fresh and attractive Anjou pear like bouquet with hints of orange and gruyere cheese. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and slightly acidic. The flavor profile is a gentle mineral infused mild pineapple with notes of lemon, white pepper and some hints oak at the very end. The finish is dry and its flavors are nicely prolonged. This Chard reminded the panel more of a Roussanne than a Chard. It was very good nonetheless. We suggested pairing it with roasted garlic chicken or a lobster roll. Enjoy - KWGTP
Winemaker Notes: Light greenish straw in color, our Chardonnay expresses fruit aromas of pear, apple, white peach, ripe banana, kiwi, lemon-lime and tropical fruits. The oak aging is fairly integrated and increases the complexity by adding spice, like nutmeg, toast, slight aromatic cedar and the nuance of angel food cake and marshmallow. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing long finish. The flavors are lively on the palate with pear, citrus, lemon-lime, green apple and fleshy peach. This wine shows great complexity, creaminess, and elegance to compliment many foods.
Organic status: not organic
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