The best Chardonnay I have ever tasted from Ray Signorello has to be the 2015 Chardonnay Hope’s Cuvée. With its tiny yields, old vines and unfiltered style of keeping the wine nine months in barrel (of which half is new French oak and the rest used),this wine is absolutely spectacular. The wine has a Montrachet-like richness with profound concentration from the tiny yields, loads of caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, white peach, melons and a touch of brioche. It is full-bodied, but great acid, purity and length make for an incredible wine from this old vineyard’s clay and loamy soils. Drink over the next 10-12 years as this has every indication of being long-lived. Ray Signorello’s winery sits at the very southern end of Napa Valley where he has a moderately sized estate of 43 acres of vineyard, including some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in all of Napa Valley – the 37-year-old vines that go into his Hope’s Cuvée.
The 2015 Chardonnay Hope's Cuvée is rich, viscous and very nicely textured, with that extra kick of unctuousness that comes from stirring of the lees. Orchard fruit, lemon confit, pastry, mint, dried pear and almonds meld into the silky, super-expressive finish. Medium in body, but with no shortage of depth, the 2015 is another terrific wine from the Signorello Estate.
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