750 ml, 340 cases made, 100% Chardonnay, from Bald Mountin
"The 2018 Chardonnay Napa Valley prances out of the glass with bold, showy pink grapefruit, fresh pineapple and ripe pears notes plus nuances of almond croissant, allspice and lime blossoms. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is gracefully constructed with layers of citrus and savory flavors, a silken texture and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering zesty note." Robert Parker 93 Points
"While the ample rains of winter and filtered light of spring/summer pushed bud break and flowering later than expected, the balance of the 2018 growing season approached ideal conditions, making for a plentiful and even fruit set that effected phenomenal phenolic development with exceptional fruit complexity and yields. The end result was a vintage that compares with the finest experienced through the decade. Part and parcel to these conditions, our 2018 Napa Valley Chardonnay serves as a fitting Tenth Anniversary tribute to Philippe’s first-ever chardonnay, Moone Tsai’s inaugural 2009 vintage. Lemony in hue, the nose of this remarkable 100% chardonnay teases with nuances of ripe golden delicious apple, and fresh pear. To advance the parlay, the wine’s attack drops it reticence, to reveal a coquettish liveliness replete with suggestions of lemon pastilles, poached pear, grapefruit zest, mineral, and a hint of fresh ginger. Whole cluster pressed, cold-settled, and fermented in French oak barrels sur lie, the wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation before aging in 45% new French oak for 16 months. Superbly balanced, the wine shows pleasing intensity, a delightful acidity and appropriate volume in the glass. Coy but demurely vibrant at the outset; the wine demonstrates a lithesome freshness and vigor through to a satisfyingly fulsome finish – reminding one of the prodigious talents displayed by the luminous Keira Knightly, whose growing list of accomplishments in theater and film (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, The Imitation Game, etc.,) have deservedly earned her high praise.
Bald Mountain, a neighbor of Mount Veeder, is situated in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western border of the Napa Valley. The south-facing vineyard sits at nearly 1600 feet above sea level, and offers stunning views of both the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, as well as of Marin’s Mt. Tamalpais to the south. Cool sunshine is abundant throughout the growing season, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly while varietal character evolves completely."