In the “better-late-than-never” category, this post was intended for #ChardonnayDay. In late May, I popped into one of my favorite local Napa wine bars—Oxbow Wine Merchant—and asked for whatever local Chardonnay they were pouring—in this case, the 2011 Grow Wines Ruhl Vineyard, Mount Veeder Chardonnay (14.4% ABV. $24/bottle at Oxbow Wine Merchant). The wine had a fresh smell of Meyer lemons with the slimmest hint of oak and a delightfully tart, lively, lemon-bar start with an herbaceous and vanilla middle and finish. As the wine warmed in the glass, vanilla and petrol became more apparent in the finish and had more baked cookies on the nose. The wine is fresh, light-bodied, and slightly creamy.
22 June, 2013
2011 Grow Wines Chardonnay: A Great Napa Wine
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