Neyers Napa Chardonnay 2004

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 84618
  • white wine
  • RP90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • RP91
  • ST90
  • 1998
  • WS91
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Winemaker's Notes

Which Chardonnay do I prefer, Napa or Carneros? When I'm asked that question I often think of the late writer Harry Waugh, who, when asked whether he preferred Bordeaux or Burgundy, replied that he intended to devote the rest of his life to finding out. Our Napa Valley Chardonnay is a fine counterpoint to the Carneros bottling; it has more mineral and earth, compared to the fruit and body of the Carneros. The Napa Valley bottling seems more at home with delicate seafood dishes, like the grilled Dover sole I recently enjoyed at one of my favorite New York City restaurants, while you might pair the Carneros with richer, more rustic food. The winemaking process is identical for both: whole-cluster pressing, natural wild-yeast fermentation in French oak barrels, 100% malo-lactic fermentation, and minimum intervention until bottling after a year of barrel age. 3,224 cases produced

Critical Acclaim

"A good value, the 2004 Chardonnay Napa exhibits notes of orange skin intermixed with tropical fruit (pineapple) in its medium-bodied, richly fruity, tasty, broad, elegant, well-defined personality. Drink it over the next 1-2 years. "
90 Points

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Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers and their winemaking partner, Ehren Jordan, Neyers Vineyards produces 15,000 cases of wine annually. They rely primarily on Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Neyers' 50-acre Conn Valley ranch farmed by Hugo and Lupe Maldonado. Additioanl grapes are purchased from a select group of growers, several of which are...

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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...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, 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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