2017 Laird 'Red Hen Ranch Vineyard' Chardonnay
Napa Valley, California
The Laird’s actually sell fruit to many top Napa Valley Chardonnay producers that sell bottles for much more…At around $30, the level of quality/value may just crush everything you thought possible at this price. The Red Hen Ranch is the “home vineyard” where the winery resides, and has long been a favorite of the Laird family. The fruit from this ranch produces a very rich and complex Chardonnay. 100% Chardonnay from the Oak Knoll District AVA in Napa Valley. The wine goes through 100% malolactic fermentation (which gives if that rich, creamy texture and buttery flavor). It's aged in French oak barrels for 10 months, 35% new. Luscious aromas of freshly baked pastries and ripening pear are met by juicy acidity on the front of the palate, developing into notes of lemon meringue, brioche, and hints of oak spice, with a creamy finish. A classic Napa Chard!