Signifying a slight change of direction while not forgetting what you love about our Chardonnay, 2004 is the first vintage of Pride Chardonnay where we have reduced the percentage of new oak and malolactic fermentation. The resulting wine displays a charming delicacy and a bright acidity. The only wine we produce from non-estate fruit, the honey and lemon flavors characteristic of the Carneros region flood the palate, enhanced by the very subtle use of French Oak barrels. A long, languorous finish encourages you to linger over every sip.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2004
Harvest: October 2004
Fermentation: French Oak
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.3%
Bottling: June 2005
Production: 1154 cases
Release Date: August 2005
Price:
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Reviews

  • Connoisseurs' Guide: February 2007 page 62
    Rating: 88

    There are clear family ties between this ambitiously oaked wine and its sibling above, but this one is both a bit fruitier in content and slightly more temperate in ripeness. If not quite as blustery, it is also not quite as rich, and it coarsens a touch at the finish. It too wants drinking with bolder foods and will hold its own with richly sauced salmon.

  • The Wine Spectator: December 31, 2005
    Rating: 88

    Pulls together a rich mix of ripe pear, apple, melon and a hint of bread crust. Intense and balanced, with a touch of anise on the finish, it's very complete and fruit-driven. Drink now through 2008. 1,154 cases made.