The pretty flavors are dominated by quince and Bosc pear with nuances of beeswax, marjoram and gardenia adding intrigue and a lovely minerality persisting throughout. A pleasing tension between viscosity and acidity plays out on the palate with the bright acidity emerging triumphant. This flavorful, fresh, balanced wine represents everything we are aiming for in chardonnay here at Pride Mountain Vineyards.
Our intent in winemaking is to respect the elegance of this delicate grape varietal. A gentle approach is taken from start to finish, beginning with hand harvesting at night. The cold clusters are then loaded directly into the press without destemming, where a long, slow press cycle is done using very low pressure. After cold-settling under inert gas, the juice is racked to French oak barrels, 10% new, for fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is initiated in all barrels and arrested when acid balance is reached and lees stirring is done for several months prior to blending and bottling.
|Fermentation:||10% New French
Oak 90% Neutral Oak
|Cooperage:||10% New French
Oak 90% Neutral Oak
|Release Date:||November 2021|
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: Issue 257 - Rating: 92
The 2020 Chardonnay slowly unfurls to reveal notes of key lime pie, yuzu and lemongrass, plus minerally suggestions of wet pebbles, chalk dust and brine. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers exhilarating tension and a zippy backbone, breaking through to fantastic citrusy intensity and a long chalky finish. 1,945 cases were made.
Vinous: January 2022 - Rating: 90
The 2020 Chardonnay is bright and floral, with lovely energy and tons of character. Lemon peel, white flowers and white pepper give the 2020 a brilliant upper register. Partially blocked malolactic fermentation keeps the flavors vibrant. Most of this fruit is from a site in Carneros.
Jeb Dunnuck : Napa Valley’s 2019s: Part 3 - Rating: 90
There are two Chardonnays from this estate. Starting with the 2020 Chardonnay, it reveals a light gold hue as well as attractive notes of honeyed citrus and subtle tropical fruits, as well as a touch of brioche and spice. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and balanced, it's well done and will keep for 2-4 years.