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2008 Napa Cellars Chardonnay
July 23, 2010 - Norman Bentley
Its hard to beat a really good Chardonnay on a hot summer's night, and we have had a lot of those this year. Recently we paired the 2008 Napa Cellars Chardonnay with some boneless pork loin chops marinated in teriyaki lime, and cooked on the grill. Ah yes, summertime and the livings easy... especially if you have a good grill and a good bottle of wine!
The Napa Cellars was as Mary, the "Chardonnay Queen", referred to it, on the fruit-forward side, with some oak, but not overpowering. The bouquet continued to open up in the glass, and displayed a variety of fruit aromas, which were dominated by pineapple and tropical fruit. The flavor contains the tropical fruit domination, with hints of melon and a slight citrus flirtation in the finish. This is a lush, well rounded Chardonnay, with gobs of flavor accompanying the crisp clean finish!
The noted wine writer Wilford Wong scored this an 88, while the "Wine Enthusiast" pushed it up to a 90. Mary, the "Chardonnay Queen" was in between, with an 89, while I agreed with Mr. Wong, and gave it an 88.
The wine was fabulous with our Teriyaki Lime Pork, and would be a good partner for a chicken or shrimp pasta dish, but probably not enough oak for shrimp scampi. For a summer time treat, it would probably be best with a cold seafood salad like the one Mary makes!
Price - $14 - $19
Score - 88
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