This chardonnay is sourced from vineyards in the Napa Carneros District. All of our chardonnay in 2011 was harvested a week prior to an October 3rd rain event that caused many Carneros growers trouble. The 2011 Chardonnay features a beautifully complex nose of quince, pineapple, Alsatian spice and beeswax, along with classic notes of fresh apples and pears and the lovely aroma of rain on a warm sidewalk. In the mouth, the wine is all about elegance and balance, being uniformly thrilling from start to finish. The fruit and minerality combine with the right amount of acidity to make a gorgeous chardonnay that is resonant, vibrant and refreshingly crisp. This is the way we dream of our chardonnay turning out. Drink now or enjoy anytime over the next decade.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2011
Harvest: October 2011
Fermentation: 25% New French
Oak 75% Neutral Oak
Cooperage: 25% New French
Oak 75% Neutral Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: July 2012
Production: 1212 cases
Release Date: November 2012
Price: $38.00
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Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate: December 2012
    Rating: 91

    The 2011 Chardonnay is brighter and more focused than the 2010 tasted alongside it, mostly because of the cool weather. Lemon, crushed rocks, spices and white flowers all come to life in the glass. The 2011 was partially done in steel(15%) and the malo was not fully completed, two choices that show Pride moving towards a fresher, more vibrant style of Chardonnay. I have to say, the2011 is superb. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.

  • Wine Enthusiast: Online Exclusive
    Rating: 92

    Richly opulent, this is creamy and nicely tart, with an oaky edge to the nectarine, orange, mango and honeysuckle flavors. The wine remains elegant despite all of its power.  — S.H.  (10/1/2013)