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2011 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay, Napa Valley

2011’s cool growing season allowed our mountain Chardonnay to develop excellent flavor and minerality while preserving its acidity. This wine exhibits aromas of lemon zest, spicy pear, jasmine, vanillin, toasty oak, and caramelized apple. The entry is full and rich, displaying bright fruit, butterscotch, and integrated oak components. Flavors of lemon cream pie coupled with minerality and balanced acidity remain lively in an elegant and clean finish. Drink now through 2020.

Harvested: October 13, 2011
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: 40 days, 100% barrel fermented with native yeast and spontaneous malolactic fermentation
Cooperage: Francois Freres, Cadus, and Damy
Barrel Aging: 19 months–65% new French Oak
Release Date: February 1, 2014
Vineyard: Stagecoach & Krupp Brothers: Blocks GM3B and KB5A
Soil: Hambright-reddish loam over rock
Exposure: Gentle east aspect
Elevation: 1,500 ft above sea level
Production: 180 cases
Rating: 90-92 points, Wine Advocate

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WINE ADVOCATE - 2011 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay

"The 2011 Chardonnay from Krupp Brothers comes across as richer and riper than the 2010. The aromas and flavors are still very much on the bright side, but the 2011 doesn’t appear to have the delineated nuances of the 2010, at least today. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018."—AG

The Wine Advocate
2011 Krupp Brothers Chardonnay, Napa Valley
90-92