TOR Torchiana Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005 Front Label
TOR Torchiana Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005 Front Label

TOR Torchiana Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005

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Incredibly intense rich nose of creme brulee, butter, honeysuckle and sweet oak. On the palate this wine is very dense and rich and just spreads across the palate. It shows crushed shells, lemon liqueur, hazelnut and just a touch of smoke. Perhaps most impressive on this wine is its depth as well as intense minerality and length. This is a wine that simply does not quit.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most prodigious effort in this quartet is the 2005 Tor Chardonnay Cuvee Torchiana, which also is made from an old Wente Chardonnay clone grown in a cool climate. The wine shows virtually no wood in its aromas or flavors. Nectarine, orange marmalade, lemon oil, white peach, and brioche notes are found in this full-bodied effort, along with terrific acidity, laser-like focus, and a long finish. It should drink well for 5-7 years. It is just fabulous.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Rich, with exotic tropical and pineapple fruit flavors that fan out into more subtle, delicate and complex nuances. Gains depth and richness, while remaining elegant and refined. Ends with a mix of smoky fig and tangerine flavors. Drink now through 2012. 125 cases
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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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