The grapes for this wine, the only wine we produce from grapes not grown on our estate, basked in near-perfect chardonnay ripening conditions during the temperate midsummer in Napa Valley's Carneros appellation. With a refreshing breeze from San Pablo Bay and thick overnight fog to keep them cool, hang-time extended into mid-October, with grapes harvested on October 9th, 14th and 19th. After a gentle pressing, the juice was cold-settled for 24 hours and then fermented in our caves in French oak, 25% of which were new barrels. The lees were stirred weekly for six months, and malolactic fermentation was initiated in all barrels and arrested at 30% completion. This wine maintains a crisp acidity and a lively roundness on the palate while expressing heady aromas of lemon zest, starfruit, quince, Antibes melon and crème fraîche.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2010
Harvest: October 2010
Fermentation: 25% New French
Oak 75% Neutral Oak
Cooperage: 25% New French
Oak 75% Neutral Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: July 2011
Production: 1019 cases
Release Date: November 2011
Price: $38.00
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Reviews

  • Wine Spectator: July 31, 2012
    Rating: 90

    Framed by toasty, smoky oak, this delivers a tight, firm beam of snappy pear and citrus flavors, gaining weight, depth and length. Drink now through 2019.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 2012
    Rating: 92

    Pride's 2010 Chardonnay is a gorgeous, large-scaled wine with plenty of Carneros personality. Rich, buttery notes lead to tropical fruit, mango and smoke. This is a relatively large-scaled, full-bodied wine with plenty of personality and character. Clean, mineral notes frame the finish. The 2010 was also aged partly in steel (5%) and the malo was not fully completed. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.