Vine Cliff Winery 2014 Chardonnay Los Carneros

Posted by Keith Wallace

Vine Cliff Winery 2014 Chardonnay Los Carneros
Vine Cliff Winery 2014 Chardonnay Los Carneros

In most classes at the wine school, I behave myself. I don’t let my deep love of Cali Chardonnay get in the way of a great wine class. Back when I was making wine in the late ’90s, it wasn’t outlandish a passion. Chardonnay doesn’t show itself in the vineyard. If you picked it right –and that means it’s a  swamp water yellow– you might have something special. Even then, you really didn’t know until about two weeks into fermentation.


Vine Cliff has a sweet 20 acres on the Napa side of Carneros, and it’s one of those spots that is a Chardonnay Shangri La. The vines are 20 years old and a healthy array of modern and old-school clones.

Wine Review

This is an excellent bottle that we are rating at 91 points—Honeysuckle and cream on the nose with a  deep ripe pear note. Medium to full-bodied, the butterfat richness is balanced with an undercurrent of fresh acidity that rises to the surface like a caramel apple. The finish moves towards vanilla and cinnamon.

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