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A pair of Californian Chardonnay from 2012


The 2012 Antica, Chardonnay, Napa Valley provides the same impeccable level of balance I experienced with the previous vintage.  This is not a fruit bomb from Napa Valley, rather it leans towards the understated!  After going through many bottles of the 2012 Neyers Vineyards, Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County I was finally able to try the 2012 Neyers Vineyards, Chardonnay, Carneros District.  The former was raised in stainless steel with the later in French oak.  Quite honestly, I preferred the 304 for its lively complexity over the Carneros District which came across as more flat.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Antica, Chardonnay, Napa Valley – $30
This wine is 100% Chardonnay.  Alcohol 14.1%.  The color was a rather light straw.  The nose revealed perfect integration of toast and yellow fruit.  In the mouth were toast infused flavors of round fruit.  The wine was a bit creamy and dense with the acidity always right there.  *** Now-2015.

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2012 Neyers Vineyards, Chardonnay, Carneros District – $26
This wine is 100% Chardonnay that was fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in 25% new and 75% used French oak.  Alcohol 14.1%.  The nose revealed low-lying yellow fruit that was slightly tropical, along with a toast hint.  The mouth bore similar flavors with slight texture.  The wine was balanced, quite gentle in the mouth, and had smoke hints in the finish.  ** Now.

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