Forman Napa Valley 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: 13.9%
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%.
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.
"The 2010 Chardonnay is utterly impeccable and gracious. It boasts incredible finesse and textural balance in a clean, mineral-driven style. Smoke, slate, citrus and mint are some of the notes that flow through to the finish. This pure, unadulterated Chardonnay is simply stunning. It also happens to be very reasonably priced considering the quality. The Chardonnay is fermented in French oak barrels (10%) new, and the malo is blocked. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. "
The Wine Advocate
"(just 10% new oak): Bright yellow-green. Cool, youthfully medicinal aromas of lime, mint and menthol. Dense, refreshing and bone-dry (just 0.5 grams per liter, according to Ric Forman), with captivating minty lift to the flavors of lime zest, menthol and mineral dust. Almost metallic in a Chablis-like way. This bracing chardonnay should be fascinating to follow over the next decade. 91(+?) points "
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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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