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Sunday, June 12, 2011

2007 Maldonado Chardonnay "Parr Vineyard"

I honestly believe that this wine may be close to the best Chardonnay made in all of California. Of course, I haven't tasted every Chardonnay made in California......but of the hundreds that I have been privileged enough to taste in the last decade, I can say without any hesitation this is by quite a margin the best value in the market. I mean, it's under thirty dollars folks.....and on my most recent trip to Napa Valley where I tasted a couple hundred wines, it was the clear stand-out of the excursion.

Maldonado is a small family owned and operated winery in Napa Valley, that truly represents what impeccable vineyard managing and the love of the terroir can bring to a glass of wine. I invite you to visit their website and read about their history and how this great family has built their legacy upon sound principles, hard work, education, and a love for California.  Maldonado Vineyards

The Parr Vineyard is actually located in Sonoma County and I'm not entirely sure who owns the property, but I would imagine that if the Maldonado's don't, then they have a long standing relationship with whoever does. Anyways, I just hope they continue to produce this wine in the future.

On the nose the wine displays some really intoxicating and brilliant aromas of quince, pear, golden apple, vanilla, orange peel, and subtle hints of almond. The bouquets is quite explosive and one that immediately fill the room with these beautiful aromas.

On the palate the wine is equally impressive and shows flavors of tangerine, dried apricot, fig, vanilla, spice, and red delicious apple. The wine is intense and full-bodied, yet maintains a seamless balance and very nice acidity. The finish is delicious and very extended. 95 points

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