2009 Smith-Madrone Napa Valley Chardonnay

2009 Smith-Madrone Napa Valley Chardonnay

This Chardonnay comes from the Spring Mountain district in California. This rugged hillside was one of the first vineyard areas to be planted by the early settlers in the 1800s. Although the majority of wine produced is red, this Chardonnay proves it can make great whites as well. It is 100% barrel fermented, 100% new oak producing flavors of green apple and pear. It’s medium bodied, with good acidity, and minerality. 502 case production.

Rating: Very Good (89) | $30 | 14.2% ABV

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  1. Desiree September 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM - Reply

    This would make another great recommendation on MyReks.com.

    • enobytes September 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM - Reply

      :) Indeed.

  2. Kim September 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM - Reply

    I have had this wine before (2008?) and enjoy this style of Chardonnay.

    • enobytes September 8, 2012 at 6:51 PM - Reply

      Agreed, the ’08 was equally good! Everyone can appreciate the good acidity and minerality. Cheers!

  3. Kirstie December 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM - Reply

    Another great Chardonnay is Lawer Familys Three Coin Chardonnay!

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