Killer Cali Chard

Killer Cali Chard

Posted on Dec, 20. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

I don’t have a long time to write this morning as the boy is home from school and the video will only keep him occupied for so long. We will offer a wine today and tomorrow but then that will be all for the week as that will be all we can get in before Christmas. I do want to remind everyone that we have stocked up the office for last minute needs with every sort of wine possible so if you need anything stop on by.

I tasted this baby last week and was truly impressed by it. This is the 2007 Neely ‘Holly’s Cuvee’ Chardonnay. Let’s start with the pro’s:

90 points from Robert Parker: “The steely, crisp 2007 Chardonnay Holly’s Cuvee comes from a high elevation vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It exhibits delicate notes of pineapples, white peaches, poached pears, and citrus blossoms in a medium-bodied, zesty style. While it is no doubt barrel-fermented and aged, the oak is kept well in the background, with the structure and terroir fully in charge. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.” (Feb. 2010)

First of all I must admit that this is one of the most perfectly French Cali Chard’s I have ever tasted. It is quite crisp and dry and the oak is perfectly integrated like a well seasoned steak. The grapes here are from the Spring Ridge Vineyards, the vineyards are managed Biodynamically and the concentration is on Pinot and Chards.

There is really little more to say other than this is a fantastically composed California Chardonnay in the middle price point that drinks far better than many I have enjoyed in the higher priced points. I would be proud to have this bottle in my cellar next to my Meausault’s. I do not get Parker’s fruit profiles, I find nothing Pineappley about this wine at all. It is crisp and full of classic Chardonnay fruit. Given the excellence of composure here I highly recommend this as a California Chardonnay that would pair nicely with all sorts of foods. It would bring a great bit of class to any holiday feast table.

I agree with Parker that this baby has an easy 4-5 years of Cellar life to it but it is quite beautiful right now as an elegant, top class Chardonnay.

2007 Neely ‘Holly’s Cuvee’ Santa Cruz Mountains, Chardonnay
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $33.00 • Premier Cru: $34.50 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $45.00
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