2010 Jarvis Estate Grown Reserve Chardonnay

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Once in a while you will drink a glass of wine and re-live what I call a “wine A-ha moment”.  It happened for me again after drinking a glass of the 2010 Jarvis Estate Grown Reserve Chardonnay.

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The Jarvis Estate winemaking facility is entirely contained within 45,000 square feet of cave tunneled into the scenic Vaca Mountains, four miles east of downtown Napa. It is not only a visual masterpiece, but a technical masterpiece as well.  Tastings and tours are by reservation only with a cost of $60 per person.  We have friends in the industry so we were fortunate and enjoyed our tasting and tour complementary.

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I would suggest that you allow yourself two hours for the winery cave tour and tasting experience.

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Sight
Medium color depth with a nice amber hue.

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Smell
Very aromatic aromas of creamy, vanilla, slight oak, peach, and apple.

Taste
Dry, full-bodied with balanced acidity with weak and soft tannins.  Soft silky rich mid-palate flavors with a long savory finish.

abv: 14.8%

How much: $150.00 This one blew the bank but was exceptional.  Well worth it.

Region/Appellation: Napa Valley Estate Grown

Wine makers notes: The fruit goes through low temperature fermentation in new french oak barrels, followed by a complete malolactic fermentation.  After ten months of sur lie aging (the dead yeast remains in the tank), the wine was designed as a reserve Chardonnay.  To preserve its natural flavor, it is bottled UNFINED and UNFILTERED. Best served at 68°.

I thought the Reserve Chardonnay was excellent at room temperature.  I rated the 2010 Jarvis Estate Grown Reserve Chardonnay four glasses.

Life is too short to drink crappy wine.  Expand your palate and keep trying.

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