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Established in 1976, Duckhorn Estate have spent the last 40 years creating a name for themselves as one of the premium producers in North America. While they have always had a reputation for producing sensational reds, their their portfolio has grown over the years to include sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.
This 2018 Napa Valley Chardonnay has undergone ageing in 90% French oak and 40% malolactic fermentation, resulting in a complex, bold wine that carries notes of stonefruit and lemon curd. A line of minerality and fresh acidity balances the richness on the palate.
The winery writes "Both complex and alluring, this radiant Chardonnay opens up with aromas of pineapple, stone fruit and lime, as well as hints of white flowers and sweet French oak. On the palate, it is round and silky, with lively acidity and abundant minerality balancing the underlying richness and adding poise to the lush flavors of apple, peach and creamy lemon curd."
Wine Enthusiast writes "With grapes from such stellar sites as Hudson, Trefethen, Antinori and Stanley Ranch, this white is lush, seamless and sound across the board. It is approachable and fleshy in apple, pear and mango tones, accented by toasted oak and vanilla."