2012 Dolly Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

Ripe white peaches, apple, pear and lemon curd are prominent in the nose alongside notes of pineapple and crème fraiche. It is round and bursting with ripe fruit, yet has plenty of acidity and mineral character that provide solidity and structure. At a crisp 12.5 percent alcohol it has the palate weight and mouth coating viscosity of a Grand Cru Chablis, and in a similar sense is both big, yet refreshingly light on its feet. Unburdened with heavy oak usage, this wine is a unique expression of the vineyard site as well as the intent of the wine maker. Nicholson Jones seems to be able to consistently make balanced, versatile food wines and this chardonnay is no exception. Drink now or cellar for 5+ years.

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Specs

  • Vintage2012
  • Varietal100% Chardonnay
  • WinemakerJulien Fayard
  • Vineyard100% Truchard Dolly Vineyard
  • Carneros, Napa Valley
  • Aging100% Stainless Steel, Cold fermentation on the lees for 9 months (no malolactic or secondary fermentation)
  • BottledFeb 2013
  • Alcohol %12.5%
  • Production356 cases

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