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White Rock Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

White Rock Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

Sku: 050703

White Rock is a gorgeous representation of a Napa Chardonnay shining in the middle of Cabernet central, at the foot of Stags Leap. The depth this wine showed on the palate immediately struck me. There is plentiful fruit: citrus curd and ripe, almost honeyed pear that unfolds into more subtle complex flavors of the barrel. The finish is quite long and bright, which allows it to pair nicely with food.
~ William Leonard-Lee, 67Wine Buyer, 11/06/2013

 Wine Advocate 92 points (Oct 2014)
White Rock’s 2012 Chardonnay is a classy effort displaying good minerality along with hints of poached pears, white peaches, quince and a touch of apple butter. Medium-bodied, fresh, complex and impeccably well-balanced, it displays impressive craftsmanship. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

Wine maker notes
The 2010 is a textbook example of Natural yeast fermented Burgundian-Style Chardonnay. Ferment continued for 8 months, requiring bottling to be delayed until after harvest 2011. This brought out the Pear, Tangerine, Caramel side of White Rock. Still floral and extremely complex, there is a creamy citrus density to the midpalet. The finish shows lemon, fine oak and just a hint of butterscotch ending perfectly dry and with a harmonious acidity.

Other text
Originally founded in 1870 by Dr. J. Pettingill, White Rock Vineyards was reinvented in 1977 by the Vandendriessche family who dug an underground cave out of the volcanic rock to make and store the wines. The Chardonnay grapes are hand sorted before pressing and are then fermented in French barriques, with partial malolactic fermentation allowed to take place. The wine is aged on lees for 13 months in barrel before bottling.

Food pairing
Now that it is fall, I am all about roasted vegetables and the White Rock Chardonnay would go beautifully with butter-browned Brussels sprouts. The aroma of the soft char on these wonderful baby cabbages plays so nicely with this elegant wine. I would blanche the sprouts first and slice them in half, being sure to brown each and flip them in the pan. Then I would throw in a roasted sage chicken and puree some celery root to go alongside. Straight up delicious!
~ William Leonard-Lee, 67Wine Buyer, 11/06/2013

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa County
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine

Reg. $36.99

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