Hollywood and Vine Cellars 2480 Chardonnay 2007
Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
- white wine
- 14.2% abv
- boutique wine
Two separate blocks, both in Atlas Peak Vineyards. Harvested September 19th 2007. Located in the coolest growing region of Napa Valley, the two blocks combine several variations of Chardonnay: 60% Hermann Wiemer selection (originally from Upstate New York), the other 40%, a blend of Clones 4, 15, Dijon 76 and Dijon 96. Each type of Chardonnay vine adds its own unique flavors to the finished wine.
Whole-cluster pressed, then cold settled and inoculated with the classic Montrachet yeast. The juice was immediately transferred to barrels (70% French and American oak and 30% small Stainless) for cool barrel fermentation. The wine was leftsur liefor five months of barrel aging, with bi-weeklybattonage, or lees stirring. The wine is entirely non-malolactic, to retain all of the natural fruit acidity.The wine was gently transferred from barrels without the use of a pump, then cold-filtered and bottled in March of 2008.
The 2007 Chardonnay displays sweet floral aromas (pear blossoms, apricot, jasmine) and sweet apple cider aromas abound. On the palate, the texture is rich, soft, and fully ripe. Soft yeasty notes and sweet fruit flavors fill the mouth with a finish of lush tropical fruit and just a touch of lemon zest.
Hollywood and Vine Cellars Winery
Doug Barr’s career as a producer of movies and television took on a new direction about 10 years ago – towards producing exceptional wines from Napa. Along with winemaker, Celia Welch (Lindstrom, Corra) and business partner Bruce Orosz, the trio blasted onto the scene with small productions of epic wines. "2480" appears boldly on every bottle, and has become synonymous with the winery name. A wonderful non-ML Chardonnay accompanies the Cabernet, sourced from some of the most sought after vineyards in Napa. These are a pair of wines to not miss, as production is small and the rewards remarkable!
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About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable Facts Within the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.