1999 Pride Chardonnay
The 1999 growing season resulted from yet another late bud break in Wine Country and Mother Nature dealt us a late vintage once again. We were blessed, however, with abundant warm sunshine throughout the fall and enjoyed a picture perfect ripening season.
The Napa Chardonnay block yielded fruit with a very healthy natural acidity and remarkable varietal definition. Flavors and aromas of green apple and spice marry with the toasty Virginia oak, which lingers long in the finish. The full body and round middle provide a balance, which will complement a wide variety of dishes – a superb food wine.
Cellar and serve at 58º for maximum enjoyment.
|Fermentation:||Select Virginia Oak|
|Cooperage:||Select Virginia Oak|
|Release Date:||September 2000|
The Wine Advocate: December 23, 2000 - Rating: 88
The 1999 Chardonnay exhibits a leesy, toasty, ripe tropical fruit complexity, medium to full body, ripe flavors, and an excellent finish. Drink this very good effort over the following 2-3 years.
Wine & Spirits: April 2002 - Rating: 92
There's a depth of white peach and mineral tones here, the savor of the fruit balancing the warm scents of corn bread and molasses. All of the richness should develop into complexity over the coming years, when this wine will make a substantial partner to roast goose stuffed with dried fruits. (130 cases).