Kingsford Manor Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Kingsford Manor Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

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This rich golden Chardonnay is a gem from Napa Valley fermented in 100% French oak and aged for seven months sur lie. The irresistible full body, toasty oak accents, and vivacious orchard fruit flavors are the product of high quality terroir and careful winemaking. Pair it with roast chicken, seafood, good friends, and sunsets on the patio!
 
91-92 - Jonathan H. Newman!
"This well-made Chardonnay has a super nose and great fruit that shines from stem to stern. A nice mix of clean and refreshing tropical and citrus fruit including white peaches, green apple, lemon custard and pear with cinnamon. It has discerning touches of orange, honeydew, vanilla oak and nutmeg spice."

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91-92 - Jonathan H. Newman!

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Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalChardonnay
Vintage2015
GrapeChardonnay
CountryUnited States
RegionNapa Valley
Alcohol Content13.50%

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Kingsford Manor Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015
 

By Jonathan H. Newman*
Kingsford Manor Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015
UNIT SIZE: 750.00ml    
VARIETAL: Chardonnay   
VINTAGE: 2015   
GRAPE: Chardonnay   
COUNTRY: United States   
REGION: Napa Valley   
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.50%
POINTS: 91-92   
2015 is a small and highly regarded vintage in Napa Valley. I recently sat down with the winemaking team in Napa Valley to sample this wine and discuss this most interesting vintage. The growing season included lots of heat and this wine was actually harvested at the end of August. This 100% Chardonnay spent 7 months in 100% French oak. This well-made Chardonnay has a super nose and great fruit that shines from stem to stern. A nice mix of clean and refreshing tropical and citrus fruit including white peaches, green apple, lemon custard and pear with cinnamon. It has discerning touches of orange, honeydew, vanilla oak and nutmeg spice. A nice aperitif and will also pair nicely with crab cakes, Dover sole, lobster roll, Alaskan king crab and chicken in a cream sauce. Enjoy now and over the next several years. 800 cases were produced. Sampled in May, 2016 in barrel and after bottling on June 23, 2016 with consistent tasting notes.
 
 
By Kingsford Manor 
Kingsford Chardonnay 2015
 
Winemaker’s Notes
Brilliant shades of sparkling straw hues prelude this wine. Tropical aromas of mango combine with melon and fig with an attractive element of toasted oak. Rich round flavors of cantaloupe, orange marmalade, apple, fig and a creamy texture finish, complete this wine. This rich Chardonnay presents flavor with an elegant sense of style. Enjoy!

Vintage & Winemaking
Despite good rainfall in December 2014, January and February 2015 brought warm, spring-like daytime temperatures, with minimal precipitation. Little rain was recorded in March and April, and the temperatures cooled, slowly drawing out the setting of the fruit over three weeks. May remained warm, with significant hot spells in June, July, and August. Harvest kicked off on August 25, 2015, and while the yields were light, the quality of the fruit was marvelous. The resulting wine is lush and exuberant. After achieving rich, ripe flavors on the vine this Chardonnay was harvested in the cool morning hours to preserve the delicate flavors. Upon being received in the cellar, the grapes were pressed to tank where the juice was settled and chilled prior to racking for barrel fermentation. The wine remained on the yeast lies (“sur lie”) for 7 months during which the wine completed its’ secondary malolactic fermentation.
 
Technical Details
Appellation: Napa Valley
Variety/Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation: 100%
Oak Maturation 7 months: 100% French oak
pH: 3.5
T. Acidity: 5.7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.2%
Alcohol: 13.50%
Harvest Dates: August 25th & 26th, 2015
Bottling Date: June, 2016
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
 
 
 
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.

 

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