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2014 Chardonnay’s ‘great structure and length’

October 6, 2017

NittanyEpicurean takes a look at the 2014 Chardonnay:

A newcomer to my ongoing series of discovery of some of the great wines of California is the Napa winery, Smith-Madrone.

This wine is 100% chardonnay from Napa’s Spring Mountain District. The wine was barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels. The wine was oak aged for 9 months prior to bottling. It comes in at 14.2% ABV.

The wine showed a golden color. Apple, lemon, honey, buttery oak and slate were each discernible on the nose. Apple, lemon candy, honey, oak and hay followed on the palate where the apple and citrus flourished on the oaky stage. The wine exhibited good acidity and balance, along with great structure and length. This wine would do well as an aperitif and would pair classically with a roast turkey breast.


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