2007 Pride Chardonnay
Our Napa Valley Chardonnay, the only Pride wine produced from non-estate grapes, is sourced from two excellent vineyards in Napa Valley’s Carneros appellation. Cooling morning fog, temperate days and brisk winds from the San Pablo Bay create the perfect environment to fully ripen Chardonnay grapes while maintaining a crisp acidity. This year’s offering expresses melon, green apple, star fruit and hazelnut aromas balanced with just a hint of crème fraiche produced by a 30% malolactic fermentation. Fermenting in 30% new French oak and aging sur lies for nine months adds a roundness and depth to the palate, providing the weight to balance its bright acidity. With its elegant flavors and refreshing finish, this wine is a perfect accompaniment to rich, savory dishes such as grilled halibut, mushroom risotto or an after dinner cheese course.
Connoisseurs' Guide: April 2009 - Rating: 93
With a first nose oozing ripe apples and pineapples with hints of peach and sweet butter and adding in notes of roasted grain, caramel and creme brulee as it airs, this wine would seem as if nothing has been left on the table for future development. Yet, despite its open and unreserved first impressions, there is depth and balance aplenty underneath, and those who are not enticed by its current precocity will find themselves rewarded with more layered complexity as the wine matures. Look for two to five or more years of growth with this one.
Wine Enthusiast: June 2009 - Rating: 92
Anyone who thinks Napa Valley can’t make a decadently ripe Chardonnay should try this one. It’s massive, a white Burgundy aspirant, with gigantic flavors of pineapple custard, pear tart, buttered toast and caramelized new oak. It’s almost too much of a good thing.