Merryvale Carneros Chardonnay 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Carneros|
The goal for this wine is finesse and complexity which is enhanced by using long, slow, native fermentations. From the Napa side of Carneros, this Chardonnay is a beautiful golden color. The nose opens up with roasted almonds and evolves to floral and fruity notes including bergamot, pineapple, ripe peaches and citrus. In the mouth, the entry is very round and fresh with an abundance of fruit flavors. The acidity is very soft, and guided by the minerality, all supporting a lingering finish.
The 2018 Chardonnay is a solid effort and will be loved by readers who like the richer, full-bodied style of Chardonnay. Buttered stone fruits, pineapple, white flowers, toasted bread, and brioche notes all flow to a beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has good acidity and a clean finish. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years.