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Thursday, January 08, 2009

2006 Molnar Family Poseidon's Vineyard Chardonnay

This is a small production single vineyard Chardonnay made from grapes located in the cool climates of Napa's Carneros appellation. In 1973 Nicolas Molnar planted "Poseidon's Vineyard" at the confluence of Carneros Creek and the Napa River. He was the first to plant grapes in this part of Carneros and has supplied grapes to several famous Napa producers such as Joseph Phelps, Pride Mountain, Sterling, and Heitz. This Chardonnay is also fermented in barrels from the Tokaj forest of Hungary. Many wineries use partial Hungarian oak to ferment their wines but this is one of the only wineries that uses 100% Hungarian oak. Basically what I got from tasting the wine was that the tight grained oak from Hungary imparts only very subtle nuances to the wines. I enjoyed the fruit forwardness and varietal focus this wine exudes. On the nose I get creamy lemon curd, pear skin, green apple, and a touch of lemon blossom. The flavors reminded me of vanilla, pineapple, tropical fruits, pear, and citrus. There is a nice soft texture and lemon custard like thing going on with this wine which I really enjoy. The finish was nice and extended with crisp citrus notes. 89+ points

 
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