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2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Beautiful golden hues captivate the eye. This wine is full of aromatics consisting of lemon zest, honeysuckle, pineapple, cardamom, banana, fig, brioche and slight floral and mineral notes. A bright entry leads to a beautifully rich and weighty palate with flavors derived from wild fermentation and Sur Lie barrel aging. This is a wine of beautifully balanced acid, texture and fruit which gives the wine complexity and a finish that is long and lush.

Harvested: September 23 and 28, 2009
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: Barrel fermented
Cooperage: French Oak Damy, Francois Freres, Cadus, and Dargaud et Jaegle
Barrel Aging: 22 months in 80% new French Oak
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Vineyard: Stagecoach: GM3; Krupp Brothers: KB5
Soil: Hambright red/brown loam over rock
Exposure: Gentle east aspect
Elevation: 1,550 ft above sea level
Production: 577 cases
Rating: 93 points, Wine Enthusiast; 92 points, Wine Spectator

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WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay

"Cabernet specialist Krupp turns to Chardonnay with excellent results. Some might say it’s too ripe, hot and oaky in the California style. But it is a superior example of its genre. Rich and creamy, it bears flavors of tangerine, tropical fruit, buttered toast and cinnamon spice." —S.H.

Wine Enthusiast
2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay, Napa Valley
INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - 2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay

"Medium yellow. Exotic aromas of ripe peach, toffee, vanilla and coconut. Concentrated and plump, with firm acidity and citrus peel lift giving shape to the stone fruit and nutty oak flavors. Slightly edgy on the persistent finish."—ST

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay, Napa Valley
WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER - 2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay

"A rich, creamy, seductive and structured style, with vanilla-scented orange and citrus, ripe pear and apple blossom flavors, gaining depth and ending with a long, detailed finish. Drink now through 2018."—J.L.

Wine Spectator
2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay, Napa Valley
WINE ADVOCATE - 2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay

"The 2009 Chardonnay is an intense, bold wine loaded with fruit. This is a quintessential Californian Chardonnay, but it also shows exceptional balance. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014."—AG

The Wine Advocate
2009 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay, Napa Valley