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Review 2018 Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 750ml

2018 Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 750ml

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A gold standard Chardonnay that lies between every day drinking and a special occasion bottle, Duckhorn crushed it with their 2018 Chardonnay - this is always one of Napa's most elegant, delicious, and consistent whites!
About the Wine

Tasting Notes

Both complex and alluring, this radiant Chardonnay opens up with aromas of pineapple, stone fruit, and lime, as well as hints of white flowers and sweet French oak. On the palate, it is round and silky, with lively acidity and abundant minerality balancing the underlying richness and adding poise to the lush flavors of apple, peach, and creamy lemon curd. Made with 100% Chardonnay.

Wine Profile

Production Notes
 
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay; Aged 10 months in 90% French oak (40% new), 10% stainless steel
 
Winemaker Notes
 
Both complex and alluring, this radiant Chardonnay opens up with aromas of pineapple, stone fruit and lime, as well as hints of white flowers and sweet French oak. On the palate, it is round and silky, with lively acidity and abundant minerality balancing the underlying richness and adding poise to the lush flavors of apple, peach and creamy lemon curd.
 
Production
 
For both red and white grapes, 2018 offered near picture-perfect growing conditions, with mild spring and summer weather, and no significant heat events. The conditions were ideal for both our Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, which show beautiful tropical notes and ripe flavors at low sugars. While our Chardonnay harvest began about three weeks later than normal, the fruit arrived at the winery in pristine condition, producing dynamic and complex wines. The excellent growing conditions naturally resulted in a slightly larger than average crop for our red Bordeaux varieties, with fully lignified seeds at low sugars levels. With temperate weather throughout fall, we were able to pick each block at optimal ripeness, yielding exceptionally juicy and polished red wines, with plush, well-rounded tannins, and lovely overall structure.