Raymond - Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay
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Region: USA / California / Napa Valley
Type: Full-bodied white wine
Fermentation: Using no malolactic fermentation, moderate oak influence, and sur-lie aging, this Napa Valley Chardonnay is made in a style that focuses on the inherent qualities of this varietal. To preserve the unique Chardonnay aromas and flavors of grapes grown in this region, the wine is whole cluster pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Ageing: The wine is aged sur lie (on the yeast lees) for 7 months, with periodic lees stirring, in 60% Nevers and Allier French oak barrels (20% new French oak) and 40% in stainless steel. The blending of barrel aged and stainless-steel aged juice lends greater complexity and roundness to the final wine while stirring the lees adds creaminess to the wine’s mid-palate.
Color: Pale yellow.
Nose: Opens with delightfully fragrant aromas of pear and guava fruit that are accentuated by aromatic notes of apple, honeysuckle and a touch of toasted oak.
Palate: This is a balanced wine that coats the palate with flavors of melon, lemon and ripe pear before culminating in a long, enjoyable finish.
Food pairing: Pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), vegetarian, poultry.