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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay

By Norm Bentley - | Oct 30, 2020


The North Georgia Wine Advisor



2018 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay


When the Chardonnay Queen prepares her famous “Special Shrimp Scampi”, we usually have a pretty good bottle of Chardonnay to side with it. During dinner the other night, I asked her to tell me what she thought of the wine. Her comment was, “this is a good ‘Ladies Luncheon Chardonnay’ “.

The nose on the Napa Cellars Chardonnay is very fragrant with an appealing floral quality which reminds one of a warm summer night and the scent of gardenias in the air, backed by the sweet smell of Meyer lemon. The flavor is a mix of apple, pear, and lemon combined in a crusty cobbler. It finishes strong with a crisp acidity that lingers until the next sip. The alcohol content is 14.1%, and Norm’s score is 90.

A bottle of Chardonnay is always great with the “Special Shrimp Scampi”. However, the Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay is also a candidate for most seafood dishes, including a fresh salad of shellfish on a bed of romaine.

Score: 90

Price: $16 – $21