White Wines    Chardonnay    Napa Valley    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 12/28/2014
Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 121985)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 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:

I'm always more interested in trying a young white wine where the color is a pale yellow green as opposed to dark yellow gold shades. Color is important; it is an indicator of brightness and freshness, the attributes I think one should look for in a white wine. This definitely has the tell-tale healthy shade touch of yellow but mostly shades of green. There is a very pure, clean and fruity component to the nose. Certainly wood is not obvious, yet it is present as a subtle spice to the richer and more prominent fruit components. Ripe Chardonnay exhibited as pear, honeysuckle and even light citrus defines the youthful aromas. Behind lies a richness from sur lee aging, that illusive note which allows barrel-fermented Chardonnay to stand out. Flavors are surprisingly bigger than the nice might indicate. Acidity is high but beautifully balances a rich, almost sweet sappiness. Minerality abounds, as in a good Chablis. This is a wine for food. There should be years of positive development to look forward to.
My Notes:

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.