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2013 Swanson Vineyards Chardonnay "Napa Valley"

Winery: Swanson Vineyards

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $45

Cases produced: 536

KWG Score: 90 (based on 3 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 91 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: February 26, 2015

Wine Review: This pale straw colored Chardonnay opens with fragrant and attractive apple and lemon bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and very flavorful. The flavor profile is a tasty apple with notes of mild lemon-lime and a touch of clementine and oak. The finish is dry and its flavors fade away nicely. This Chard is very food friendly and would pair well with chicken cordon bleu. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: With its vibrant, golden yellow color and generous nose suggesting honey, ripe peach and acacia flower, this wine makes a strong first impression. Sweet and succulent upon entry, Meyer lemon, wild honey, a kiss of French oak, and a bit of yeast emerge as the wine evolves in the mouth. This Chardonnay is voluptuous in terms of fruit, body and texture. In addition to the pedigree of the vineyard sources, frequent lees stirring over an 8-month period was undoubtedly a major contributor to the hedonistic qualities of this wine. - Chris Phelps, Winemaker

Organic status: not organic

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