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Hooker Chardonnay Breakaway 2010

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Hooker Wines has crafted a Chardonnay that outpaces all others. Rich aromas of apple, vanilla and toast lead to layered flavors of fig, pear, melon and apricot. A hint of nutty complexity is superbly balanced with a crisp finish, showcasing a wine that truly scores as a crowd favorite.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Lawer Family Wines:
  Betsy and David Lawer, owners of Lawer Family Wines, have a true passion for wine. Their goal wasn’t just to sell their wine, but it was also to make wine that they could enjoy and take pride in creating. The Lawers bought the vineyard, a small plot located five miles northwest of Calistoga in Napa Valley, in 2002, but it required a lot of work. Thankfully, they found John P... Read more
  Betsy and David Lawer, owners of Lawer Family Wines, have a true passion for wine. Their goal wasn’t just to sell their wine, but it was also to make wine that they could enjoy and take pride in creating. The Lawers bought the vineyard, a small plot located five miles northwest of Calistoga in Napa Valley, in 2002, but it required a lot of work. Thankfully, they found John Pina, their vineyard manager who was able to bring the land back to life. Lawer Family Wines produces several brands of wine, including Duck Shack, Three Coins, and Hooker. Each of these brands has a history, and the names aren’t just pulled from thin air. Three Coins, for example, was named after the work that Betsy used to do for her father, a gold miner. Thanks to Larry Levin, the winemaker for all three brands, Lawer Family Wines has been very successful at transforming the Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel grapes into award-winning wines. Not only is the vineyard used to produce those grapes, but it is also used to make delicious apples. The land that the Lawers worked on was originally an apple orchard, and even with the growth and success of the vineyard, they have kept many of the trees for their own enjoyment. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Hooker Chardonnay Breakaway

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,177
3.50 5
01/24/2012

Very lightly scented with Asian pear and apple fruit on the nose, along with some face cream and a low nuttiness. This has a pronounced acidic spine and bright citrus flavors early on that are joined by notes of steel and seashells. The minerality is certainly intriguing, but the acid is high even for me. Apple fruit emerges on the mid-palate. Finish shows some low oak notes and plenty of steely, high acid zing. It’s an attractive wine though it does come off as a little raw. 87pts



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Tasting Notes:

The nose is a bright mix of apple, pear and hints of peach and a light toast. The mouth is crisp and mineral textured with lively with well balanced and integrated oak.

Hooker Wines has crafted a Chardonnay that outpaces all others. Rich aromas of apple, vanilla and toast lead to layered flavors of fig, pear, melon and apricot. A hint of nutty complexity is superbly balanced with a crisp finish, showcasing a wine that truly scores as a crowd favorite.

305 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.3% pH: 3.64
Sugar: 0.1 grams per liter Total Acidity: .61 grams per liter

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