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Echelon Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010

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The grapes were whole cluster pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to improve the delicate fruit fl avors. The wine was fermented and aged sur lie (without racking) in 33% New French Oak barrels until May of 2011.

Region: USA » California » Napa County

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  • 2010

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Editorial Reviews for Echelon Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,067
3.00 5
01/30/2012

Low on the nose with an attractively earthy streak of pear skin to the lime, cashew and vanilla toned aromatics. Very light on entry and a touch sweet, this still has a lovely transparent feel to it. The sugar does build with time, throwing it slightly off balance. The flavors run to the red apple end of the spectrum with a touch of woodsy, ivy like spice and a slightly creamy, nutty tendency on the mid-palate. The finish shows off a thin veil of wood spice before very gently fading away. I’m not sure what to think here. I would like to see some more intensity and better definition, but I think I really like this wine’s understated personality! 86pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,067
0.00 5
07/20/2012

Unusual nose here with notes of salty green olives over sweet wood spice tones with an inkling of fruit lurking at the base. A bit sweet though this has enough acidity under the sweetness to be almost balanced. On the palate, this also shows a certain green olive element over lemon meringue fruit. The finish is rather short with a decided sweetness to it, then something a bit harsh and chemical on the finale. 75pts



Tasting Notes:

Aromatic notes of ripe stone fruit and vanilla are elevated by fl avors of spice cake, crème brulée and pear accentuated with crisp green apple with a touch of honey. In a word…unctuous.

The grapes were whole cluster pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to improve the delicate fruit fl avors. The wine was fermented and aged sur lie (without racking) in 33% New French Oak barrels until May of 2011.

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Closure: Cork

Aged 7 months in French Oak.

Aged 1 months in Steel.

Notes: Stainless Steel

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.58
Sugar: 0.15 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.6 grams per liter

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