The 2014 Reserve Chardonnay, aged for 18 months on 100% new French Oak, delights the senses with ripe pear, caramel, and a toasty oak. The opulent mouthfeel is big and bold, with a protracted and pure finish doused with pomaceous fruit, vanilla, and spice.
In spite of the drought and the South Napa earthquake, vintners are using words like “quality,” “depth of flavor” and “excellent” to describe their expectations for the 2014 vintage in Napa Valley. Many are also noting “perfect weather,” “abundant crop” and “good fortune” among the blessings they are counting in a season where Mother Nature threw a rockin’ curveball.
Harvest started and ended earlier than usual… for many, a full two weeks ahead of the normal harvest schedule.