- Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros 2014 Product #29952 (In Stock)
As Wine Spectator said a few years ago, "Rombauer defines the California Chardonnay style so many adore." Ripe fruit from select vineyards in cool Carneros vineyards is harvested and sorted in the dead of night to ensure it reaches the winery in perfect condition. After pressing, the juice ferments and ages 9 months in a mixture of French and American oak (one-third new), picking up buttery notes from malolactic fermentation and a touch of smoke and vanilla bean. Regular lees stirring adds a creamy texture to match the natural richness of ripe, rich, Chardonnay fruit.
While the 2014 harvest was a tad smaller than 2013, the conditions and quality are every bit as high. The 2014 is a slightly zestier version of the 93 point 2013, but the Wine Spectator review still applies: "A creamy-textured, charming style that's easy to drink yet is deceptively complex and layered, with a mix of vanilla-scented oak and vibrant peach, nectarine, honeydew and apricot flavors. Long on the finish." An American classic!