2020 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay

2020 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay

¥7,920 (incl. tax)

A popular wine that garners top scores from critics year after year, Rombauer Chardonnay charms the palate with not only ripe fruit, spice and buttery richness, but mouthwatering freshness, complexity, and impeccable balance. One key element lies in Rombauer’s meticulously-managed vineyards in Carneros, where cool summer temperatures allow the grapes to ripen slowly and develop flavor. Winemaking involves balancing such variables as tank vs. barrel fermentation, new vs. neutral oak, and the amount of wine to put through malolactic fermentation. Every year, the result is a wine with balance, verve, and food-friendly freshness. The 2020 is rich and concentrated, swirling with fragrances of peach, apple, lemon, spice, and vanilla. Recommended pairings include fettuccine with salmon and asparagus, tuna avocado burgers, or even a roast turkey with herbs and gravy.  

Winery


Winery Description

Founded by Koerner Rombauer (a relation of Irma Rombauer, author of the best-selling Joy of Cooking), Rombauer Winery is a successful, family-owned Napa Valley winery with sales of over 150,000 cases per year, six estate vineyards, and some of the most loyal fans of any winery anywhere. (Employees are loyal as well. Ritchie Allen, Rombauer’s Australian-born winemaker, began his career as a harvest intern in 2004). Yet becoming one of Napa Valley’s premier wineries did not happen overnight. In the 1970s, the Rombauers began as partners in the Conn Creek Winery, only establishing their own label and winery in 1980. It wasn’t until 1990, with Chardonnay from the Sangiacomo Vineyard in Carneros, that the transformation into a major winery truly began. The 1991 Carneros Chardonnay not only received rave reviews, it placed 68th on the Wine Spectator list of top 100 wines. As demand grew, Rombauer decided to begin farming. In 2002, Rombauer purchased the Buchli Station Vineyard in Carnernos to serve as a main source of Chardonnay. Other vineyards – on Atlas Peak and in St. Helena and Calistoga – produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Their estate Zinfandel comes from the old-vine vineyard that surrounds the winery as well another in Amador County. The winery also maintains long-term leases with growers throughout Napa and Lake Counties and the Sierra Foothills.

Rombauer wines are unashamedly Californian; they are rich, opulent, luscious, fruit forward, and ready to drink upon release. Their complex spectrum of aroma and flavor includes not only the primary fruit but an amalgam of butter and spice notes from oak ageing, malolactic fermentation, lees stirring and other winemaking techniques. Though popular, they are not easy or inexpensive to produce. Vineyard managers use aerial photography to tailor their practices to individual vineyard blocks. Many tons of grapes must be harvested within a critical time window, when they have developed ideal ripeness while retaining enough acidity to undergo barrel aging. In order to make wine from only the best berries, Rombauer owns not one but two optical sorters, so that large quantities of grapes can be processed quickly. All the Chardonnay and many of the red wines go through primary and malolactic fermentation in barrel in order produce the flavors and textures so loved by the customers and critics alike. Some have said that Rombauer wines exemplify a powerful, “in your face,” style of California wine. Rombauer would respond that their legions of fans are more than happy with the winery continuing to refine its house style. While there is a role (and market) for leaner wines modeled on Chablis or Graves, Rombauer reminds us that we can take pleasure – and get joy – from the rich bounty of the Napa Valley.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Carneros
Winery Rombauer
Vintage 2020
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 34.0 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code RO20CH
UPC 097921970109
MLF 100%

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Tasting notes

90 points – Wilfred Wong, wine.com.

Aromas of peach, apple and lemon zest mingle with notes of clove and vanilla.  A bright and lively palate follows, offering juicy apple in a creamy, round mouthfeel. A backbone of acidity keeps things mouthwatering and fresh. 

Production


Vinification

After pressing and settling, the juice is transferred to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The wine aged in 9 months 33% new American and French oak barrels.  

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