Chardonnay, 2016. Cathedral Creek

Chardonnay, 2016. Cathedral Creek

Item #: C0917W2DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Medium Straw
Nose: Pear, Apple and Spice
Palate: Rich Tropical and Vanilla
Finish: Large Tropical
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Seafood, Light Meats,Vegetarian/Alcohol: 13.9%

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Cathedral Creek Chardonnay is made by a unique operation in Napa Valley called Fior di Sole. It was founded by three Italian friends - Dario De Conti, Valentina Guolo-Migotto and Stefano Migotto - as a custom crush facility, doing work for small wine operations who couldn't afford their own equipment.

One thing led to another, as a lot of grapes were left hanging with no takers and some of the people they were dealing with bit off more than they could chew. So eventually, Fior di Sole got into making their own wine.

Since they had been making wines for dozens of others and working with some of the best vineyards in the state, it's not surprising that their wines were exemplary.

They are very cautious about their wines because, in essence, they are competing with the clients they make wine for. They don't want it to appear as if they're in competition, so they don't say where the grapes came from. However, they are in Napa Valley. They source from Napa Valley. What would you think?

This is classic Chardonnay with all the pear, citrus and spice you could possibly want. Not to rock the boat, but it sure tastes like Napa to us.

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