Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008
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: 14.3%
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%.
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.
"The non-malolactic 2008 Chardonnay Estate possesses delicate, crisp, lemon and lime-like fruit intermixed with a hint of honeyed white peaches. Medium-bodied with very good acidity, terrific aromatics, and excellent purity, this cuvee spends plenty of time in barrel, but you would never know that from its purity and absence of woodsy, smoky aromas. It should drink well for several years."
The Wine Advocate
"Restrained aromas of pineapple, citrus fruits and hazelnut, plus a subtle leesy nuance. Tight and firm on the palate, with Chablis-like aromas of pear, apple and flowers. Very dry but ripe, with firm underlying minerality and strong acidity contributing to the pristine quality of this infant. Very firm acidity on the back end. Don't even think about opening a bottle of this for a year or two."
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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.
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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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