Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014
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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 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 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.