Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to Wine Spies Operative favorite, Pine Ridge Vineyards, and secure an ample allocation of their exceptional 2010 Carneros Dijon Clone Chardonnay for our Operatives who, in previous vintages, purchased this Chardonnay on record numbers
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Pine Ridge Winery
Wine Subject: 2010 Dijon Clones Carneros Chardonnay – Napa Valley
Winemaker: Michael Beaulac
Backgrounder: Carneros Chardonnay is revered for its quality, elegance and smoothness. The Carneros viticultural area, a wine growing region which straddles the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, has been a great source of wine that we have featured here. Always, those wine have been of supreme quality. The cool Carneros region provides ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay – and Chardonnay literally thrives there. Today’s Chardonnay is truly representative of the the best that region has to offer
Look – Light golden yellow, with perfect coloration, from edge through the core of the wine. After swirling, tall, thick, slow-moving tears form high up on the glass wall before marching slowly downward.
Smell – Lush and verdant, this wine leads with mixed, sweet citrus, lemon curd, acacia, braised green fig, white pear and orange blossom. As the wine warms a little, it exudes freshly cut sweetwood, lemongrass, dried apricot and green apple.
Feel – Soft and velvet-smooth as it crosses the front of the palate. At the mid-palate, the wine is round and lush. After a moment, a soft dryness begins to spread from the front of the palate, traveling rearward. This dryness carries the bright acidity of the wine to the far corners of the palate, driving the soft flavors of the wine as it moves.
Taste – Delicious and elegant, with layers of flavor. In the lead, mixed citrus, Granny Smith apple, white peach, pear and white flowers. As the wine opens, additional flavors follow on, including creamed honey, Asian pear, fresh apricot, vanilla and softly toasted oak.
Finish – Long and lush, with a unique dryness that begins at the tip of the tongue before traveling backward onto the rest of the palate. As this dryness spreads, the balanced acidity of the wine carries sweet and tart flavors along with it.
Conclusion – The 2010 Pine Ridge Vineyards Dijon Clone Chardonnay is a truly spectacular wine. We only wish that we could have gotten our hands on more of it. Our tasting panel expected great things from this wine, having reviewed a couple of past vintages, here. We were all more than impressed, unanimously agreeing that this wine is the best white that we have ever tasted from this Wine Spies favorite winery. Elegant, fresh, delicious, soft and loaded with intrigue, we give this wine our very strong recommendation. Don’t miss out. Quantities are limited and we will sell out.
The location of the Pine Ridge Winery in the Stags’ Leap district in Napa County can be seen in this satellite photo.