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Karia Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012
"This graceful Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh-cut Honey Crisp apple, citrus, toasted vanilla bean and hints of poached Comice pear and lilac. The wine has a full entry with flavors of ripe apple and delicate oak notes. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine. The long finish is reminiscent of Nilla wafers with banana cream pudding." -Winery
Once again, a solid wine from Stags Leap Cellars. Cream and vanilla in the nose with some white fruit. Rich texture to the wine with a creamy texture and muted fruit.
Apples and pears, but too oaky. Big body. Acidic.
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The name KARIA (KAR-ee-ah) is derived from the Greek word meaning graceful, and the 2012 KARIA Chardonnay lives up to its moniker. KARIA comes from a tapestry of vineyards in and south of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley.
Founded in 1970, Stag s Leap Wine Cellars has a long and distinguished wine reputation and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate.
Pale bright yellow. Citrus fruits, licorice and white flowers on the nose. Intense and bright in the mouth, with good depth and ripeness to the flavors of cyanic peach pit and fresh herbs. Finishes tactile and lightly salty, with very good length. Somewha
Medium body, acid, fruit and oak. Minerals, vanilla, apples. Well balanced, austere fruit dominated by minerals with oak hints throughout length.
Ripe and spicy, boasting pretty pear, light oak, hazelnut and butter flavors that turn elegant and refined.
Broad, ripe and spicy, with a spicy nutmeg edge to the pear, apple, toast and vanilla flavors, picking up a grassy edge on the finish. A harmonious style that's delicious now.
Best known for their classic Cabernet, this producer has a confident and skilled hand with Chardonnay, too. This is a well-proportioned wine that displays complex apple, lime, vanilla and earthy mineral notes. There's a crisp tautness to the apple fruit and tart citrus acidity that carries on the long, spicy finish. A powerhouse that promises to open up over the next year.
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