2021 Vintner Select Chardonnay
This classic chardonnay possesses a panoply of beautifully nuanced flavors including Bosc pear, Honeycrisp apple, candied lemon rind, citrus zest, sage and white pepper. Rich, full and creamy on the attack, the wine transitions seamlessly to an energetic verve on an uplifting, flavor-filled, finish. Yet another gorgeous example of our mountaintop chardonnay.
The Vintner Select Chardonnay, which is typically about 250 cases each vintage, has contributions from all three of our chardonnay blocks (Dijon clone 70, the Wente clone and clone 4). Our property makes a chardonnay that has upfront textural richness due to the abundant sunlight but has gorgeous scintillating acidity on the finish due to our cool afternoon temperatures. The flavors are always classic, featuring crisp apple, citrus and floral notes among other nuances. Although we make another chardonnay from off-site vineyards, the Vintner Select Chardonnay is made 100% from the fruit on our property. Within the world of high-end chardonnay, this wine has its own unique high-elevation personality that all of us at the winery are thrilled by each vintage.
|Fermentation:||15% New French Oak
85% Neutral French Oak
|Cooperage:||15% New French Oak
85% Neutral French Oak
|Release Date:||January 2023|
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: December 2022 - Rating: 91
On the one hand, a Chardonnay that is arguably too young and, at this point, a little lacking in polished refinement, Pride’s 2021 Vintner Select Cuvée is, on the other, a marvelously deep and impressively concentrated working that holds great promise for age. It is weighty, yet very well-structured and stops well short of being too much of good thing, and, even if it tends to a bit of youthful raggedness just now, it displays a great deal of inner strength. All that stands between it and real beauty is two or three years of patient keeping.
Vinous: From: Napa Valley: The Frantic 2020s & Stunning 2021s (Feb 2023) - Rating: 93
The 2021 Chardonnay Vintner Select, 100% from the estate, is wonderfully complex, nuanced and layered. Lemon peel, chalk, mint, white flowers and white pepper all grace this nervy, tightly wound Chardonnay. This mountain Chardonnay delivers so much nuance. Bright saline accents perk up the finish.