Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Chardonnay


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The cooler conditions of 2010 allowed for a straw coloured Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Chardonnay that shows admirable restraint, beautiful finesse and wonderful minerality. It offers up an expressive nose of white flowers and tropical fruits, intermixed with notes of kaffir lime and citrus rind. The clean, medium-bodied palate continues the citrus and tropical theme with a creamy interplay of key lime and banana cream pies, tinged with notes of Madagascar vanilla and a wisp of toasty oak. The crisp finish makes this wine a pleasure to drink now, while a few years of age will undoubtedly add layers of richness.

Country: North America
Region: California
Subregion: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2010
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Restrained and very classy
Organic: Yes (certified)
Drink With: Grilled halibut with lime zest mayonnaise

The 2010 growing season was challenging, uneven and hard to predict at Staglin Family Vineyard. With a wet and cool spring, a beautiful June, a foggier and cooler than normal summer culminated in the seismic heat-spike of late August followed by two additional spikes in late-September and mid-October. As always, vineyard foreman Richard Villasenor and his team were up for the challenge and harvested fruit of a superb quality that earlier in the year had seemed impossible.

The one casualty of the vintage was yield - 2010 turned out to be Staglin's smallest crop ever. The grapes were picked in the cool early mornings to maintain their freshness, natural acidity and delicate flavours. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques were used, while respecting the unique quality of the fruit the vineyard delivered. The grapes were hand sorted, whole cluster pressed and then barrel-fermented. Although malo-lactic fermentation is usually restricted to preserve acidity and crispness, this year it was permitted for a few lots to increase their complexity and provide a touch of additional roundness. Finally, the wine was aged on its lees for eleven months in oak (62% new) with regular batonnage during the first six months.

Antonio Galloni writing for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2010 Chardonnay is a pretty, generous white laced with expressive tropical fruit supported by clean veins of minerality. The Chardonnay doesn’t get a whole lot of attention, but it is consistently terrific and loaded with personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. 92 Points

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