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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:
The first time Gustavo talked to Thrace was when he called her to tell her that he was her son’s little league baseball coach. Who would have thought that would lead to joining forces to start a winery? Turns out that they each had talents that, when combined, would work well together to form a winery. Gustavo had been a winemaker, first at Chateau Montelena and then at Grgich Hills, for the pa... Read more
The first time Gustavo talked to Thrace was when he called her to tell her that he was her son’s little league baseball coach. Who would have thought that would lead to joining forces to start a winery? Turns out that they each had talents that, when combined, would work well together to form a winery. Gustavo had been a winemaker, first at Chateau Montelena and then at Grgich Hills, for the past 21 years when they met. Thrace had a background in small business management and had already started two other companies by the time she met Gustavo. Thirteen years later there is a pretty definite separation of duties: Gustavo makes the wine and Thrace sells it. In 1996 we found some ‘second crop’ grapes and bought enough to make 200 cases of an inaugural Zinfandel. We custom crushed at another facility that year but by 1997 had found our own home in downtown Napa. We moved the winery to the industrial park in Napa three years and now Gustavo does custom crush for others as well as being the winemaker for a number of other boutique wineries. The first production was 250 cases of a 1996 Zinfandel from the Chiles Valley Appellation. This was followed by a Carneros Chardonnay and a Chiles Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997. In 2000 we added Sauvignon Blanc from the Mohr-Fry ranch in Lodi. In 2004 we released the first Merlot under the GustavoThrace label and have since added very small quantities of a number of other varietals. What we make each year depends on the grapes that Gustavo finds and wants to work with. He continues to challenge himself with new varietals, clones and yeasts. In 2005 we started The 3rd Bottle, which is a Napa Valley Red Table wine. This has really let Gustavo demonstrate his blending skills as he puts these wines together. The Chardonnay is sourced from a single vineyard lot in the Carneros. Our 1997 Chardonnay was the first fruit harvested from those vines and we have continued to use the same vineyard block each year since then. This gives us the chance to compare each vintage and learn how the maturity of the vines in each successive year affects the finished product. While the vineyard consists of a number of soil types, Gustavo chooses his fruit from the rocky portion of the vineyard, searching for a mineral quality to the 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.


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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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