Smith Madrone Chardonnay Spring Mountain District Estate Bottled 2006
Winemaker Tasting Notes: The color is a very light vibrant yellow, with a wonderful aroma of freshly sliced apples. The acid level is simply perfect, with a soft middle and fruity crispness at the finish. The wine is lively on the palate and brings joy to the drinker. And that, after all, is the first obligation of wine - bringing pleasure to the person that drinks the wine. Whereas the 2005 vintage was a very large wine, with powerful flavors that dominated, the 2006 Chardonnay is a wine characterized by exceptional balance and elegance on the palate. Vineyard Notes: The steep mountain vineyards are dry-farmed: this centuries-old tradition means that there is no supplemental irrigation for the vineyardonly what nature provides as rainfall. Dry-farming allows the vines to come into balance with nature by sending their roots deep into the volcanic mountain soil, allowing the vines to mature their fruit as nature intended. Although this means a smaller yield of grapes, this insures the best quality grapes. Technical Notes: At Smith-Madrone our goal is to make artisanal wines which are distinctive and are an expression of both the vintage and us, as vintners, but above all else, are wines which bring pleasure to the senses. Appellation: Napa Valley Age of Vines: 35 years Farming: Dry-farmed mountain vineyard Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay Oak: 11 months in new American oak Alcohol: 14.3% Production: 1171 cases Return to Smith-Madrone Wine List
Smith-Madrone is a family-run estate-bottled winery dedicated to producing fine wines wines exclusively from its own vineyards. The winery was founded in 1971 with the purchase of 200 acres high atop Spring Mountain west of St. Helena in the northern Napa Valley.
Beautifully rich without being buttery or oak. Ripe citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors, with definite mango notes.
A beautiful, big Chard with soft apple fruit and luscious texture. Restrained oak that's off-stage but whispering. Unusual for a big Napa chard and worth seeking out.
Three and a half glasses
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Wine Tasting NotesThis Chardonnay has the most beautiful pale light yellow color, yet when you swirl the wine in your glass and see the viscosity of the wine, your mind starts thinking big. Then the powerful aroma gives you another hint that this is not just some innocuous Chardonnay made for the masses, and finally the taste confirms just what a special wine this is truly a mouth filling Chardonnay with loads of flavors to scintillate your taste buds.
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