Miner Chard Napa 2008
The 2008 Napa Chardonnay remains a tried-and-true classic and a testament to Gary Brookman's fine winemaking skills. Malolactic fermentation in moderation keeps this Chardonnay sleek on the palate with remarkably fresh appley fruit and keenly placed acidity on the long, crisp finish.
Things that people don’t like about Chardonnay’s, I love! Too buttery, the more buttery the better, too oaky, leave in that barrel for a decade, too heavy, bring it on. I love heavy, toasty, buttery, oaky Chardonnay’s and the Miner Chardonnay did not fail. A pale gold color, so much lighter than you would expect from this powerful wine. This Chardonnay has scents of apple and citrus and you can almost smell butter. Its aroma is also toasty, very oaky and rich. “It is fermented and aged in 45% new French oak, Malolactic conversion was held at 50% to balance the flavor profile.” At first taste there is vanilla, cream and ripe melon. It is soft and smooth on the palate and remains that way for quite sometime. I think this wine deserves food. I truly felt like it needed a companion so that is what I did. I made myself a late dinner, supper if you will of poached salmon and asparagus with lemon, olive oil and rock salt –yum. The wine was perfect with this dish. It was so good I had to try a second glass just make sure. I was right. This is a deliciously seductive Chardonnay, especially with a nice piece of salmon!