Chappellet Estate Chardonnay 2012
Chappellet 2012 Chardonnay ''Estate'' is 100% Chardonnay from select, elite vineyards in the Napa Valley aged eight months in French oak barrels (one-third new). This California white offers concentrated, layered aromas of fresh fruit, clove, nutmeg, vanilla and toast on the nose. On the palate, fresh flavors of peach and citrus fruit, creme fraiche and quince with great defnition and texture, lively acidity and a long finish.
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Editorial Reviews for Chappellet Estate Chardonnay
Tight on the nose and a bit youthfully grapy with fine oak framing notes and a core of lime pith and heirloom apple fruits. Tight and focused in the mouth, there’s a touch of wood spice sweetness here supporting fine, ripe apple and creamy almost peachy flavors. The texture really opens up on the mid-palate where this gains richness and power as well as a light mineral note that drives the long finish. Attractive with spiced apple flavors and subtle oak layered over the mineral notes on the long vanilla tinged finish. Elegant and rich. 92pts
This is a bit difficult for me because I like this winery, very much, and I have enjoyed multiple vintages of their chardonnay in the past. That being said, this one is very heavily oak and, to my way of thinking, carries the buttery characteristic much too far. I guess I am showing another of my prejudices when I report that it lacks acid to give it the refreshing quality that I seek in white wines. All that being said, I can’t say that there are any faults in this wine. I’m pretty much neutral about it.
Four and a half glasses
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