2021 Chardonnay

Our string of fresh exuberant chardonnays continues with the glorious 2021 vintage.  Soaring aromatics of mint, sage, lemon peel, beeswax, white pepper and rain on pavement complement the classic fruit flavors of crisp apple and pear.  This wine is filled with verve and energy from start to finish, possessing rounded luxuriance in the attack and an exciting crispness that builds with each second in your mouth.  A beautiful wine that is precisely the chardonnay we want to be making. 

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Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2021
Harvest: September 2021
Fermentation: 10% New French Oak
90% Neutral Oak
Cooperage: 10% New French Oak
90% Neutral Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: July 2022
Production: 1682 cases
Release Date: October 2022
Release Price: 48.00


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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: December 2022 - Rating: 90

    By no means a light Chardonnay, but not nearly as fully packed as its maker’s Vintner Select Cuvée version, this wine shows the same sense of obvious youth and is similarly in need of time to fully stretch out and open. It smacks of fresh apples and sweet limes lightly accented by sweet oak and earns good grades for its brightness, its stamina and its notable length. A bit of age is advised but not required. 

  • Vinous: From: Napa Valley: The Frantic 2020s & Stunning 2021s (Feb 2023) - Rating: 90

    The 2021 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) is a pretty rich wine that offers quite a bit of textural intensity supported by bright, brisk acids. Lemon oil, mint, white flowers and chalk add vibrancy to a deep core of citrus fruit. 

  • Wine Enthusiast: July 1, 2023 - Rating: 95

    Subtle baking spice and oak-toast aromas lead to a silky smooth palate alive with nuances of white peaches, vanilla bean, cream and poached pears. The wine is luscious but balanced, quiet on the first sip and then growing in flavor impact with each repeated taste. Best from 2026–2036. — Jim Gordon

  • Jancis Robinson: US new releases spring 2023 - Rating: 16+

    Pale lemon in colour. Quiet and mineral nose, slightly smoky, with a subtle mintiness. The palate is honeyed and rich without being noticeably oaked. Acid is broad and round but keeps the wine fresh. The alcohol, while high, is well woven into the structure and not incredibly noticeable. Papaya and melon on the finish. A very ripe wine but without feeling weighty. (SCJ)



    Our scores

    Below is a rough guide to what our numbers mean. Although we are not very comfortable with scoring wines because it is so difficult to encapsulate a wine's qualities in a single score, we do realise how useful scores are for those reading and buying (and selling) in a hurry.

    20 – Truly exceptional
    19 – A humdinger
    18 – A cut above superior
    17 – Superior
    16 – Distinguished
    15 – Average, a perfectly nice drink with no faults but not much excitement
    14 – Deadly dull
    13 – Borderline faulty or unbalanced
    12 – Faulty or unbalanced