Belle Vigne Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

We can't wait for you to taste this opulent, new Napa Chardonnay from the talented Aaron Mercer. It was crafted in the stellar 2015 vintage – California’s fourth superb harvest in a row – with premium grapes from a special, very cool, corner of Napa Valley.

Crisp San Pablo Bay breezes flow up from the water, eventually combing over the hilltop vines. This maritime influence brings an unprecedented verve and concentration to the wines. To add further complexity to the pure fruit flavors, Aaron barrel-fermented nearly all of the grapes, then aged the wine for nine months in fine oak – imparting notes of hazelnut and vanilla, plus a creamy texture.

Belle Vigne has a brilliant straw yellow hue, and unfurls in the glass with aromas of ripe peach, mango, golden apple, lemon, honeysuckle and toasted nuts. The palate brims with creamy peach, apricot, guava and vanilla – culminating in a clean and pleasingly long finish. Although there is marked fruit sweetness (thanks to the amazing vintage), the wine is bone dry. Rich, full-bodied Chardonnay like this tastes delicious alongside creamy pastas and roasted poultry (rosemary chicken or maple-glazed turkey are ideal). Or just sip it alongside a soft-rind cheese (our go-to is Brie).

Country

United States

Varietal

Chardonnay

Region

Napa Valley

Alcohol

14.5%

Volume

750mL

Vintage

2016