2020 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay
Napa Valley, California
100% Chardonnay from vineyards in Carneros, Napa Valley, and Howell Mountain. 75% fermented in barrel with the remainder in stainless steel. About 40% new French oak and 40% malolactic fermentation. Subtle toast and butter notes accent ripe melon and peach on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is plump and slightly oily, then clean and mouthwatering on the finish, adding hints of grapefruit and green apple. Freemark Abbey became Napa’s 16th bonded winery in 1886. They competed in “The Judgment of Paris” blind tasting in 1976, the only winery with a red and white wine represented.