2014 Clos du Val Carneros Chardonnay (Previously $25) SKU #1301021

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Made exclusively using grapes from the Clos du Val Carneros estate vineyard, the 2014 Chardonnay is a vivid and alluring wine, with layered aromas of baked apple, orange blossom, pear, butterscotch and brioche. On the palate, bright, mouthwatering acidity and wet stone minerality add poise and precision to flavors of nectarine and Anjou pear, all of which are underscored by oak-inspired hints of caramel and baking spice. 100% barrel fermented, the wine spent 11 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new.

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  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    With our great pricing, you can't go wrong with this ultimate crowd-pleasing Chardonnay. This is 100% Chardonnay, barrel-fermented and all from the Clos Du Val estate vineyard in Carneros. Only going through 25% malolactic fermentation, the minerality and fresh acidity is able to shine through. Yellow apple, fresh peach, baking spice and butterscotch is expressed on the palate with a nice, clean finish. The balance of this Chardonnay really impressed me, and I think it will for you too.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the best all-around California Chardonnay we've offered for less than $20 since the Napa Cellars editions back in 2010. It's not flashy, or over the top, just classically round and fruit-forward Carneros style white wine for a great price. The 2014 Clos du Val isn't a super malolactic, buttery style by any means, but it still scratches that itch if that's what you're after. Those who like less oak will still want to give this a whirl. There's still a freshness to the acidity, but it straddles that middle of the road line quite wonderfully. If you like the richer Chardonnays of Napa, but don't feel like shelling out $30-$50 on a weeknight, this is a simpler, Wednesday night version that still delivers quality. It's your one-stop shopping Chardonnay for a nice little discount. Clos du Val was one of the original producers that partook in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, so the pedigree here is sound and they've been farming their estate Carneros vineyard for forty years. It's not often we see a wine with that type of history at this price point.


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