Clos du Val’s estate Chardonnay is a mix of Dijon and heritage clones, barrel-fermented and aged in 30 percent new French oak, with regular bâtonnage. The robe is green-gold and fragrant of toast, cream, cardamom, and citrus peels. The texture is weighty but the wine’s edgy acidity makes it read like lemon drop, and an almost bitter finish keeps it interesting.
Likely age worthy up to five years, right now it is a good white for rich preparations of poultry and seafood, especially lobster or shrimp served with butter or cream sauce. Also suitable for triple cream and other mild but rich cow’s milk cheeses.
2018 Clos du Val Estate Chardonnay Carneros Napa Valley
13.9% abv | $32 (sample)