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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Acacia Carneros Chardonnay 1998
Acacia Carneros Chardonnay 1998
(search item no. 6139)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of grapefruit, ripe bananas, and pineapple are balanced with those of yeast, honey, vanilla, toasted coconut, and pie crust. Flavors of ripe tropical fruit, toasted oak, and yeast are suspended within a structure that is rich and lengthy. This is not a delicate wine by any means. Pair the Carneros Chardonnay with lighter pork or veal dishes, any fish or fowl, root vegetables and gratins, or any creamed pasta dishes.
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About Acacia Winery:

Situated just two miles from San Francisco Bay in the Carneros District of Napa Valley, Acacia Vineyard is distinguished by a cool microclimate dominated by wind and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean, and by shallow, dense clay soils. While these difficult growing conditions limit grape production, they result in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes of rare power and complexity.

Founded in 1979, Acacia made one of the first Pinot Noirs in the Carneros District. Today Acacia is a leader in the new Carneros by handcrafting compelling Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that defy conventional winemaking wisdom and consistently exceed expectations. A firm winemaking approach to Pinot Noir highlights the bold character of Carneros fruit while capturing the grape's earthy complexity and silky texture. Acacia's Carneros Chardonnay is ripe and crisp.