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Napa Valley Chardonnay

Well-crafted Chardonnay in range of fruity styles.

Chardonnay appears in a selection of styles that mirror the soils and winemaking of this diverse area. Ranging from tart and trim with citrus, stone fruit, and a touch of oak to sumptuous, tropical fruit, barrel-aged styles, Napa Valley Chardonnay is a must-try for fans of this popular grape variety.

Hemmed in by mountain ranges, Napa Valley is 30 miles long and five miles wide. It offers a diversity of soils and environments for Chardonnay which is famously adaptable (it’s not for nothing the grape is planted around the world). Add bold and savvy winemaking to the mix and the result is an array of styles with unique expressions. One of the most distinct styles comes from Los Carneros at the bottom of the valley. Benefiting from cooling fogs that creep in morning and night from the ocean, it produces some of the finest Chardonnay in the region with fresh orchard fruit, gentle oak, mineral notes, and good acidity. At the other end of the spectrum is the rich, tropical fruit style with oaky coconut and vanilla from warmer spots further inland like Stags Leap and Oakville. Napa Chardonnay has typically meant an oaky, buttery expression of this popular white wine but in recent years more producers have been experimenting with more restrained oak in a nod to European-style winemaking. The climate and winemaking skill mean you won’t run out of Napa Valley Chardonnay styles to taste any time soon! 

Fun Fact: As well as producing still wines, Napa Valley’s Los Carneros makes fine traditional method sparkling wines from Chardonnay grapes.

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