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AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

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750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Gold with touches of mercury. On the nose is an explosion of butterscotch, caramel, pear, dried apricot with touches of mango, honey, canned peaches and touches of slate with bubblegum. On the palate there is a fresh entrance evolving on vanilla beans with caramel, quince, pear, pineapple and toasted marshmallow.

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JS 94
James Suckling
A beautiful chardonnay with a praline, light spices and coconut and gorgeous cooked apples. Full-bodied and flavorful. Precise and well-crafted. A serious chardonnay.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Chardonnay is brilliant and packs serious amounts of fruit and texture while staying fresh, pure and elegant. Buttered citrus, marmalade, hints of brioche and white flower nuances all flow to a medium to full-bodied, opulent Chardonnay that has good acidity and a great finish. It has nicely integrated acidity, as well as good concentration, and is going to evolve nicely for 8-9 years.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Scented of ripe melons, spiced apples and poached pears with hints of peach kernel and nutmeg, the 2015 Chardonnay sports a medium body and a lovely line of freshness defining the warm melon and spicy flavors, finishing with good persistence.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Dark in color with an intensity to its use of oak and up-front acidity, this shows a mix of caramel, vanilla and honeycomb, with a lasting note of butter and earth.
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AXR, California

The AXR dream began with four friends sitting around a table sharing, dreaming, laughing, and occasionally sipping! The room was filled with an intense passion for wine and a good intention to be true to themselves and the history of Napa Valley: this is where AXR was born. By utilizing modern and innovative techniques in the cellar, AXR extracts the unique soul of Napa Valley's soils into wines enjoyable now, or many years to come.

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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