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Gustavo Thrace Winery Chardonnay Carneros 2005

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Of all the styles a winemaker can choose from to produce a Chardonnay, we feel that this is the classic. The fruit was picked cold, whole cluster pressed, settled and racked and then just left alone to mature. 75% was aged in stainless steel and 25% was aged in new French oak. Upon opening the bottle it bursts with aromas caramel, vanilla and hazelnuts. As you allow it to open up, new layers of tropical fruit and citrus are revealed. When you walk through the vineyard and pop these grapes into your mouth as your are sugar sampling all these flavors are there and it is a delight to still find them in the wine. There was no malo-lactic fermentation done so the wine retains a high acidity and crispness that will allow it to age beautifully for the next 5-6 years. Only 250 cases made

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Gustavo Thrace:
 As the son of a migrant vineyard worker turned winery mechanic, Gustavo grew up surrounded by the culture, the passion, and the dedication of the individuals who helped to define this now famous wine making region.Gustavo immigrated to the Napa Valley from Jalisco, Mexico at the tender age of 3. His family settled in Rutherford and put down deep roots – a move that ... Read more
 As the son of a migrant vineyard worker turned winery mechanic, Gustavo grew up surrounded by the culture, the passion, and the dedication of the individuals who helped to define this now famous wine making region.Gustavo immigrated to the Napa Valley from Jalisco, Mexico at the tender age of 3. His family settled in Rutherford and put down deep roots – a move that forever altered the path for Gustavo. Wine – the soil, the climate, the fruit and the people who labored to produce it – made an impression. Gustavo went to the University of Oregon on a baseball scholarship, but it was a short-lived adventure – his heart remained in Napa Valley. He transferred to U.C. Davis, and was one of the first Latino graduates from the oenology program with a degree in Fermentation Sciences. After graduating in 1976 Gustavo joined Chateau Montelena, the starting point to the art of his winemaking style. He would then join Mike Grgich as he opened Grgich Hills Cellars in 1977 – where Gustavo made wines for 23 years. Gustavo has produced wine under his own label since 1996. Today, Gustavo makes Napa Valley wines in a style inspired by old-world winemaking techniques with a dedication to small vineyards and the highest quality fruit. Read less

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
05/09/2010

Aromas of vanilla and hazelnuts. Layers of tropical fruit and citrus follow. High acidity and crispness. The oak adds a nice toasty edge, but it remains well balanced. - Tasted at Oxbow tasting room 4/22/10


Snooth User: razmaspaz
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5.00 5
06/16/2010

This was the wine of the trip for me. Beautiful classic Chardonnay. No ML, but it is aged in bottle to the point it has mellowed with the buttery texture that I love so much in aged Chardonnay. Just a touch of new oak gives it all those spicy characteristics, but the fruit really comes through. Lovely.


External Reviews for Gustavo Thrace Winery Chardonnay Carneros

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Vintage: 2004 07/24/2009

There is a beautifully integrated oak finish to the wine, with flavors of vanilla, pears, pineapple and a brioche toastiness. It has a rich, full mouth that finishes with caramel and citrus. The sexy, lingering mouth will make you want more. This is incredible with salmon yet big enough for veal and pork dishes as well.



Of all the styles a winemaker can choose from to produce a Chardonnay, we feel that this is the classic. The fruit was picked cold, whole cluster pressed, settled and racked and then just left alone to mature. 75% was aged in stainless steel and 25% was aged in new French oak. Upon opening the bottle it bursts with aromas caramel, vanilla and hazelnuts. As you allow it to open up, new layers of tropical fruit and citrus are revealed. When you walk through the vineyard and pop these grapes into your mouth as your are sugar sampling all these flavors are there and it is a delight to still find them in the wine. There was no malo-lactic fermentation done so the wine retains a high acidity and crispness that will allow it to age beautifully for the next 5-6 years. Only 250 cases made

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