Wine Last Sold on: April 22, 2013
2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay
|Region:||California: Napa Valley|
SELL OUT ALERT:
Are you looking for today’s framed White Blend? We have sold out of that wine, but have in its place a special encore presentation of their extraordinary Chardonnay. The last time we featured this wine, it became our best selling budget Chardonnay of all time. Today, we are offering it to you at an even lower price than previous.
SUPER QPR ALERT:
At today’s special Wine Spies price, this wine delivers tremendous value - and a drinking experience that exceeds expectations, easily earning it this special QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) Alert.
Mission Codename: Artistically Framed
- Agent Red
- Scour the Napa Valley, in search of a budget Chardonnay that delivers extraordinary value
- Mission Status
- Mark Herald
If you like Rombauer Chardonnay, you’ll love this wine - at less than half the price. Today’s 2009 Framed Chardonnay is a serious, barrel fermented wine that was obviously fermented in spare-no-expense, high end oak barrels.
Not as overwrought as some of the California Chards we have been tasting - and rejecting - today’s wine is very balanced. Flavorful and full on the palate, fruits are fresh and bright while the texture is silky and round, without being buttery or thick.
Rich golden yellow with glinting edges that catch the light when swirled. As the wine settles, it leaves behind fat tears that move swiftly down the glass.
Bold and lush with big red apple, golden delicious apple, butterscotch, vanilla and subtle dried cedar shavings. As the wine warms, it reveals a hint of slate mineral.
Big, ripe, round, viscous and mouth-filling up front with pomello, mixed yellow citrus of Meyer lemon, standard lemon and citrus flower. As the wine warms and breathes for a few minutes, butterscotch, caramelized sugar and flint revela themselves.
Ultra-long, with fruit and flowers that persist for an very long time. Ultimately, the wine dries the palate, leaving behind a lovely flinty feel.
Enjoy a giant glass of this dinner wine with a variety of foods. We’ll be paring ours with stone crab with garlic aioli sauce or poached salmon with a classic cream dill sauce.
What the Winery Says
Appellation: Napa Valley
Fermentation: Barrel Fermented
Winemaker: Mark Herald
About the Winery
A small production, handcrafted winery in Napa, CA. The wines were crafted by winemakers Mark Herold and Jay Buoncristiani.