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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008
Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 107373)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $43.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A small quantity of Chardonnay is also produced at Forman Vineyard. A passion for a more austere Chablis style wine from this noble grape has been my goal for more than 36 years. Since 1980 the Rutherford Star vineyard in the heart of the Rutherford Bench appellation has been the source of the Forman Vineyard Chardonnay. In 1986 this vineyard was purchased and is now co-owned as a partnership. It has continued to produce consistent quality over the last 20 years.

The Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed and exclusively fermented in Burgundy barrels. Left "sur-lees" for 7 months the wine is only racked once during its 9 months of barrel aging. Malolactic fermentation is intentionally inhibited. The wine emphasizes and develops a minerality which, with age, develops into a very racy and elegant food worthy wine.

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About Forman:

Founded in 1983 and located at the base of Howell Mountain, overlooking the town of St. Helena, Forman Vineyard produces 2000 cases each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. All grapes are grown on the three estate vineyards, two on the mountain above and one on the valley floor in the Rutherford Bench appellation.