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Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros 2016

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Enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricot, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. Barrel aged 9 months in American and French oak (1/3/ new). Alcohol 14.5%. Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 'Highly recommended' and 89 points by California Grapevine.

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Rombauer Vineyards:
Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb approximately 40 minutes east of Australia’s infamous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Influenced greatly by his parent’s keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of... Read more
Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb approximately 40 minutes east of Australia’s infamous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Influenced greatly by his parent’s keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of interest: Molecular Biology. Always the model student, he graduated at the top of his class, however, not convinced with the path he was laying down for himself, Richie embarked on a four-month rock climbing holiday to the United States to clear his thoughts. It was on this adventure that fate came knocking in the form of an invitation to a day of wine tasting. Richie was so taken and inspired by the Californian wines he tasted that day that it was suddenly clear to him what he needed to do. He promptly returned to Australia and spent the next few years engrossed in winemaking studies at Australia’s prestigious ‘The University of Adelaide’. After graduating in 2003, he then set about gaining as much practical winery experience as possible from top Australian and New Zealand producers including: Penfolds, Oakridge, Church Road and Vavasour. He eventually found himself back in California, on the doorstep of Rombauer Vineyards to undertake cellar work for a single harvest. However, Richie’s enthusiasm, vast and growing knowledge, and attention to detail were keenly identified and he was asked to continue on at Rombauer to see this potential expertly developed and nurtured. Having worked his way from the ground up, Richie now assumes the position of Rombauer’s Winemaker. In this role, Richie strives to achieve consistency of style and continual improvement in winemaking techniques by melding both traditional and modern approaches. Away from the winery, you’re likely to find Richie pursuing his passion for rock climbing. Read less

Member Reviews for Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,420
4.50 5
Vintage: 2014 09/01/2015

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: William Djubin
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2013 12/22/2014

2 bottles rejected by our guest because of Frizzante, a bubbly spritz on the palate. This was confirmed on both issues. One by taste and one by sound.

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Snooth User: runningbear
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2013 12/19/2014

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,420
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 12/28/2013

The year by year the consistency in this rich and full bodied Chardonnay seems to remain a top wine for the masses


Snooth User: SarahKP
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 04/17/2014

Tracy and Bill favorite - super yummy


Snooth User: Anijade
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 01/12/2018

Great easy buttery Chardonnay


Snooth User: Teppo
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 08/10/2013

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros

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Source: We Speak Wine
10/12/2017

Rombauer Vineyards began producing Chardonnay in 1982. In 1990, the Rombauer family made their first Chardonnay from the Carneros region, where San Pablo Bay meets the southern end of Napa and Sonoma valleys. There, the cool climate and clay soils offer ideal conditions for growing superior Chardonnay with the Rombauer hallmarks — intense fruit flavors balanced by fresh acidity. VINEYARDS: The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations. WINEGROWING: A cool spell in August stalled harvest a bit at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad dash to the finish. All in all, 2016 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varietals due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard. WINEMAKING: The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture. TASTING NOTES: Enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricots, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. FOOD PAIRINGS: Our favorite Joy of Cooking® pairings* for this wine include Tuna-Avocado Burgers, Lobster Rolls and Fettuccine with Salmon and Asparagus. COOPERAGE: 9 months in American and French oak barrels (1/3 new) ALCOHOL: 14.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 02/03/2017

THE ROMBAUER STYLE: There are five key components to the signature style of Rombauer’s Carneros Chardonnay: the intensity of fruit, a creamy texture, vanilla oak, a buttery character and mouthwatering acidity. What sets Rombauer Chardonnay apart is that these elements are in perfect harmony, hallmarks that flow seamlessly from one to another with ease and symmetry. How is this impeccable balance achieved? It begins in the vineyard and continues through every step until bottling — a continuous thread weaving a canvas for the best possible bottle of Carneros Chardonnay. Food pairings: Tuna-Avocado Burgers, Lobster Rolls and Fettuccine with Salmon and Asparagus Cooperage: Aged 9 months in American and French oak barrels (1/3 new) Alcohol: 14.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 10/12/2017

THE ROMBAUER STYLE: There are five key components to the signature style of Rombauer’s Carneros Chardonnay: the intensity of fruit, a creamy texture, vanilla oak, a buttery character and mouthwatering acidity. What sets Rombauer Chardonnay apart is that these elements are in perfect harmony, hallmarks that flow seamlessly from one to another with ease and symmetry. How is this impeccable balance achieved? It begins in the vineyard and continues through every step until bottling — a continuous thread weaving a canvas for the best possible bottle of Carneros Chardonnay. Food pairings: Tuna-Avocado Burgers, Lobster Rolls and Fettuccine with Salmon and Asparagus Cooperage: Aged 9 months in American and French oak barrels (1/3 new) Alcohol: 14.5% ** Only 6 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 04/20/2017

VINEYARDS: The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations. WINEGROWING: The 2014 vintage was another ideal growing season with warm, dry conditions that resulted in excellent fruit quality. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at night and sorted in the vineyard. WINEMAKING: The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture. TASTING NOTES: Enticing aromas of bright citrus and melon are layered with spice, vanilla and a touch of butter. Vibrant flavors of mango and guava meld with vanilla and soft spice on the creamy, rich palate. The finish is juicy and satisfying with refreshing acidity that makes you crave another sip. FOOD PAIRINGS: Our favorite Joy of Cooking® pairings for this wine include Tuna-Avocado Burgers, Lobster Rolls and Broiled Salmon with Snail Butter and Orange-Hazelnut Asparagus. COOPERAGE: 9 months in American and French oak barrels (1/3 new) ALCOHOL: 14.5% ** Only 4 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 05/13/2016

VINEYARDS: The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations. WINEGROWING: The 2014 vintage was another ideal growing season with warm, dry conditions that resulted in excellent fruit quality. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at night and sorted in the vineyard. WINEMAKING: The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture. TASTING NOTES: Enticing aromas of bright citrus and melon are layered with spice, vanilla and a touch of butter. Vibrant flavors of mango and guava meld with vanilla and soft spice on the creamy, rich palate. The finish is juicy and satisfying with refreshing acidity that makes you crave another sip. FOOD PAIRINGS: Our favorite Joy of Cooking® pairings for this wine include Tuna-Avocado Burgers, Lobster Rolls and Broiled Salmon with Snail Butter and Orange-Hazelnut Asparagus. COOPERAGE: 9 months in American and French oak barrels (1/3 new) ALCOHOL: 14.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2014 03/08/2016

Rombauer Chardonnay is a golden yellow color with a pale hue. Seductive aromas of peach, melon, and citrus are balanced with honeysuckle and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of pears, peaches and melons are backed with lively acidity. A nice touch of vanilla-scented oak provides an added flavor dimension. The creamy palate has a lingering finish of melon and citrus fruit with a satisfying buttery complexity.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 02/03/2017

VINEYARDS: The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations. WINEGROWING: The 2014 vintage was another ideal growing season with warm, dry conditions that resulted in excellent fruit quality. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at night and sorted in the vineyard. WINEMAKING: The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture. TASTING NOTES: Enticing aromas of bright citrus and melon are layered with spice, vanilla and a touch of butter. Vibrant flavors of mango and guava meld with vanilla and soft spice on the creamy, rich palate. The finish is juicy and satisfying with refreshing acidity that makes you crave another sip. FOOD PAIRINGS: Our favorite Joy of Cooking® pairings for this wine include Tuna-Avocado Burgers, Lobster Rolls and Broiled Salmon with Snail Butter and Orange-Hazelnut Asparagus. COOPERAGE: 9 months in American and French oak barrels (1/3 new) ALCOHOL: 14.5% ** Only 9 in Stock **


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Enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricot, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. Barrel aged 9 months in American and French oak (1/3/ new). Alcohol 14.5%. Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 'Highly recommended' and 89 points by California Grapevine.

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