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2015 Chardonnay is Wine of the Week

February 13, 2018

In this week’s St. Helena Star:

Wine of the week: Smith Madrone 2015 Chardonnay Spring Mountain District

by CATHERINE BUGUE,  February 12, 2018

This is the perfect Chardonnay to quell any disagreement over whether to pour an oak-influenced or a non-oaked Chardonnay wine. Smith Madrone beautifully melds the best of both worlds with their 2015 from Spring Mountain. Rich pear, and yellow and red apple fruits are supported, but not surpassed, by refined toasty, spicy (cinnamon, faint clove and fresh ginger) complexity.

Want to taste this Chardonnay while taking in one of the best views of Napa Valley? Head up the forested roads in the western hills of St. Helena to Smith Madrone; you won’t be disappointed. At those heights, you feel like you can conquer the world. Be sure to make a reservation; this is a special visit.


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