2010 Signorello Hope’s Cuvee Napa Valley Chardonnay

Signorello Hope’s Cuvee

Signorello Hope’s Cuvee: A superlative expression of the Chardonnay grape that focuses on what can be accomplished when the balance between the quality of fruit a vineyard produces and a winemaker’s talent comes together in harmony. With this wine both teams perform well above many of their competitor’s releases for the same vintage and the results are apparent. For a non-aromatic grape this one has aromas that will make you swoon if you enjoy meltingly ripe spicy pear aromas that meld with the minerality of a clear mountain stream cascading over wet granite boulders. The taste will confirm that the aromas were not all hype, delivering an avalanche of fresh apple and silky pear, nutmeg spice and fresh vanilla bean flavors. A long slightly citrus and saline finish goes forever and has you salivating for another sip. There are so many great culinary applications for this wine it would be hard to go wrong. My picks would be fresh lobster, crab, sautéed halibut or roasted fowl of any kind. Aged cheddar cheeses and desserts like Crème Brûlée will also be an excellent pairing.

Rating: Excellent (93) | $70 | 14.6% ABV

2010 Signorello Napa Valley Hope's Cuvee Chardonnay

…and if you enjoy interesting white blends, try Signorello’s white blend from Napa.


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. idebenone January 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM - Reply

    If you’re planning on picking up a local bird, fresh vegetables from the Annapolis Valley and ending with homemade apple pie, then it makes sense to pair your locally grown food with a local wine. We are fortunate to have a vibrant wine industry in Nova Scotia and so many local wines work amazingly well with the sweet ripe fall flavours that appear on the Thanksgiving table.

  2. Heather January 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    I remember visiting this winery many years ago and it was such a beautiful property. Someday I’ll make it back. At least I have some great wine stored away to remember the visit.

  3. Seattle Travel Handbook January 31, 2013 at 2:57 AM - Reply

    This is the best article I have read, thank you, I have learned a lot of knowledge in this area.

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