2011 Hendry, Unoaked Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Press and Tasting Notes

Hendry Chardonnay vines are grown on thin stony Boomer series soils between 200 and 300 feet above sea level. Morning fog and afternoon breezes from the San Pablo Bay moderate the climate. Fresh green apple aromas and flavors. Full, semi-rich mouthfeel for an unoaked, non-malolactic wine. Floral, citrus and apple elements and a clean, crisp fin ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured September 02, 2008

THE REVIEW

Even with Labor Day gone and Fall just around the corner, we couldn't help but look back fondly and cling to those enjoyable summer days in the few remaining weeks of summer. And in the spirit of an endless summer, we've got a Chardonnay sipper that you can enjoy as a versatile white wine perfect for almost any ocassion: the 2007 Hendry Vineyards, Unoaked Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
    We wish we had access to this wine earlier in the season, but the wine was simply not available. The good news is there is plenty of time to enjoy it with the remaining warmer days as a summer quaffer or well into fall as a versatile refreshing white. If you are looking for a big, oaky, buttery chardonnay, this is not your wine. Unoaked Chardonnays see no time in wood and do not go through malolactic fermentation. In other words, the fruit is as pure and unadulterated as you can find, reminiscent of a young Grand Cru Chablis. It is bright and refreshing, chock full of zippy citrus and snappy green apple flavors, and all with a surprisingly long finish.
    Hendry Vineyards is most known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandels (which are quite nice to say the least). They are definitely keeping up with quality and tradition in their unaoked Chardonnay. Enjoy as an everyday drinker and especially with seafood. Read More »

Varietal

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape grown throughout the world.  The most prized Chardonnay growing regions are Burgundy, Champagne and California.  The Chardonnays of Burgundy tend to produce dry, elegant w ... Read More »

Region

California

The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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