Aromatics of ripe cherry and hints of oak. Medium bodied with smooth powdery tannins. Lingering savory finish. Predominately from Comely Bank Vineyard, Waihopai Valley Road, in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. Grapes are crushed and destemmed at the winery and go thru a 5-day cold soak before warming and inoculating with D254. The ferment is allowed to warm to 32 degrees, the grapes are then hand plunged twice daily to extract color and flavor.
⋅ 2018v – 91pts Wine Spectator
This new world, oak mellowed Chardonnay is light & bright yet smooth & buttery. Au Jus exudes a creamy texture with flavors of stone fruit, pear, dried apricot and vanilla, balanced by traces of citrus and pineapple. It is full of personality.
SABER’s art titled “Drip.” This work, with its bright buttery golden hue reflects the very nature of this Chardonnay.
Translated from French, Au Jus literally means “with juice” and has come to be interpreted as a “sauce” or “a natural way to enrich a dish“.
⋅ 93pts – 2018 Harvest Challenge
⋅ Gold Medal SF Chronicle Competition
⋅ 89pts Wine Enthusiast – 2017 Vintage
Iris embodies a cornucopia of flavors, with strawberry and raspberry and a hint of cherry.
Crisp & bright on the nose with a velvety smooth finish and slight oak overtone define this elegant work of art.
This label features artwork entitled “Tool of Dissent” –a blaze of color, expressive and captivating work is the artistic.
⋅ 90pts – Wine Enthusiast
⋅ 90pts – James Suckling
⋅ 90pts ‘Gold Medal’ – SF Int’l Wine Competition
⋅ 96pts – California State Fair
⋅ Double Gold – 2019 SF Chronicle Competition
⋅ Double Gold Medal – 2018 Sonoma County Fair
⋅ 94 Points ‘Double Gold Medal’ – Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
Lifted aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and vanilla are accompanied by chocolate dark berry fruits on the palate for a true expression of Barossa Cabernet.
Heady aromas of citrus fruits, melon and white peach lead to bright tropical fruit flavours on the palate with a refreshing acidity. On the finish there is a hint of vanilla and cashew nut from partial new French oak barrel maturation. Grand Barossa Chardonnay displays all the delicacy, elegance and finesse that can be achieved from this noble variety.
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Dark ruby-crimson tones dominate the color of this wine with highlights of fuchsia, denoting a youthful brightness. Concentrated notes of cranberry, red cherry and blackberry pervade the wine’s aromatics with nuances of mocha, caramel and expresso imbued into the wine from 20 months of aging in French oak. The palate is both plush and vibrant and restates the elegant combination of fruit and spice aromas. Chewy tannins form the foundation of this rich mid-palate and extend well into the lush and sophisticated finish.
GOLD 95 Points – 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Brilliant colour with greenish highlights. A complex bouquet where the perfumes of yellow fruits and sage predominate. Evolution in the glass is slow and progressive, while aerating has mineral nuances come to the surface. With a full palate persisting to an elegant finish, this wine is characterized by well balanced, fresh acidity. Good aging capability.
Scent of wet stones, passion fruit, citrus and sage. In the mouth the wine is immediate, proud with a powerful acidic kick.
• 91 Points – James Suckling
The hazy yellow hue is evidence of subtle stirring of the lees and bottling without fining or filtration. The rounded, rich mouthfeel is intertwined with the crisp acidity and stony minerality that is an expression of the high elevation and cool coastal climate. Pretty floral aromas of lemon blossom, chamomile and honeysuckle are balanced by hints of toasted hazelnut and honeycomb. On the palate Bartlett pear, golden delicious apples are layered with subtle baking spices, that linger through the long, full finish. This well-integrated and finely-structured Chardonnay will continue to evolve for many years.
94 Points – Wine Spectator
“Powerful and rich, with intense, juicy flavors of apple and butter, flanked by butterscotch notes. Savory accents linger on the intensely spicy finish, layered with creamy and buttery hints. Drink now through 2025.”—K.M.
“The 2017 Chardonnay FRV is rock solid, offering a ripe bouquet of caramelized tangerines, golden fruits, honeycomb, and brioche. With medium to full body, a fat, opulent texture, and a big finish, it’s a powerful, nicely balanced Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming couple of years.” — Jeb Dunnuck
Our Chardonnay from Russian River Valley in Sonoma is the embodiment of an American wine with a Burgundian soul. To accurately represent our mission at Napa Smith Winery we chose to source our grapes for our Sonoma Smith Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma. With a very cool growing season influenced by the ebb and flow of the Pacific Ocean fog, these grapes develop slowly, compose a lush fruit bouquet while maintaining a bright acidity and integrated minerality.
We like to refer to this style of wine as the crossroads where the New World and Old World meet. There are only a few growing reqions in the US that perfectly match the grapes physiological needs with the appropriate climate and soil type; Russian River and Chardonnay are one of them.
Aroma: Citrus zest, orange blossoms, honey suckle, caramel and vanilla
Tasting characteristics: Ripe Fuji apple, stone fruit, lemon blossom, wet slate, cream and hazelnut
Body: Medium body, cleansing mouthfeel with balance of flavor and acidity that excites the entire palate
• 89 Points – Tastings.com
• Silver Medal – Tastings.com