Staglin Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The cooler conditions of 2010 allowed for a straw colored Chardonnay that shows an admirable restraint, a beautiful finesse and wonderful minerality. It offers up an expressive nose of white flowers and tropical fruits intermixed with notes of kaffir lime and citrus rind. The clean, medium-bodied palate continues the citrus and tropical theme with a creamy interplay of key lime and banana cream pies tinged with notes of Madagascar vanilla and a wisp of toasty oak. The crisp finish makes this wine a pleasure to drink now, while a few years of age will undoubtedly add layers of richness.
"The 2010 Chardonnay is a pretty, generous white laced with expressive tropical fruit supported by clean veins of minerality. The Chardonnay doesn’t get a whole lot of attention, but it is consistently terrific and loaded with personality."
The Wine Advocate
"I tasted a large number of wines at Staglin this year. It is quite clear that quality is on the rise over the last few years under the leadership of winemaker Fredrik Johansson, who previously spent time working with Thomas Rivers Brown. The 2010 Chardonnay is a pretty, generous white laced with expressive tropical fruit supported by clean veins of minerality. The Chardonnay doesn't get a whole lot of attention, but it is consistently terrific and loaded with personality.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Understated, with subtle white peach, nectarine and dried apricot notes, this gains a nice spicy edge. Pure, clean finish. Drink now through 2020."
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Founded in 1985 by Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, Staglin Family Vineyard takes pride in the tradition of family ownership and participation. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, their mission is to produce world-class wines that reflect the distinctive character of this historic Rutherford Bench estate. As stewards of this land, they farm the vineyard organically,...
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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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