2011 Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley$32.95 -- 2011 Chappellet Chardonnay Napa Valley
Meticulous care in the vineyard throughout the record cool 2010 vintage enabled Chappellet to produce a Chardonnay with exceptional richness and color, brilliant acidity, and great complexity. Though the wine was barrel-fermented and aged for eight months in 100% French oak, it retains the freshness and vibrancy of the vintage. Winemaker's notes: "The nose is brimming with floral and tropical notes including ripe pineapple, guava and lemon zest. Hints of brown sugar and nutmeg spice from the barrel aging add complexity to the fruit. On the palate, this wine is toned and vibrant, with flavors of tropical fruit, alongside layers of quince and nectarine. French oak and creaminess from the malolactic fermentation contribute nuances of vanilla bean and crème brulée, with crisp acidity adding structure and length throughout."
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