Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Chardonnay is a non-malolactic 100% Chardonnay that's 45% barrel-fermented. The wine is sensational. There are nearly 10,000 cases of this wine, which shows loads of white peach, honeysuckle, green apple and melon notes in a distinctive, clean, steely Chablis-like style. There is some tropical fruit, such as pineapple, but the overall character is one of great acid, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and no real oak influence. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Wine EnthusiastAged in stainless steel and small barrels of French oak, this wine remains smooth and silky with interweaved acidity, a classic, fresh expression of the variety with very subtle oak. Vanilla and pear find their way onto the finish, providing additional layers of flavor and finesse.
Wine SpectatorAromas of apple and citrus blossom fold over to the palate, showing touches of peach and melon. Fresh and lively, with zesty acidity. Ends with citrus themes accented by a pithy texture. Drink now through 2018. 9,848 cases made.