Patz & Hall Chardonnay 2009 Wine Review

Patz & Hall Chardonnay 2009
Sonoma Coast, California, United States
Community Score: 4.6/5
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Product #: 200808

Price: $35.00
Alcohol: 14.2%
Drink: Now
Sweetness: Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Patz & Hall
Agent: Dionysus Wines & Spirits Ltd.
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Natalie's Score: 92/100

This gorgeous Chardonnay offers aromas of green apple, vanilla spice, and white peach. There's a grand elegance to it, with a luxuriously long finish. About 40% of the wine was fermented and aged in new French Oak barrels where the staves were aged/air dried for three years prior to coopering. Most barrels are air-dried for two years but the winery makes the extra investment in an additional year to leach any residual “green” tannins from the wood. That way, the wines get exposure to new wood without it overpowering it with too much smokiness. Both the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs spend no more than 10 months in barrel. The toastiness is subtle and beautifully woven into the fabric of the fruit. The grapes come from some of the most coveted vineyards in Sonoma. Toast to your good fortune in having a bottle (or three) of this wine!

Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, lobster in butter, corn dishes.

This was reviewed April 22, 2011 by

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Our 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay embodies the rich diversity of world-class vineyards in the acclaimed Sonoma Coast appellation, and the talents of the gifted winegrowers who
farm these sites. Combining fruit from a who’s who of the appellation’s most renowned vineyards, this cuvée harmoniously brings together the acidity, structure and stone fruit flavor of grapes grown on the windswept slopes of Gap’s Crown Vineyard, the crème brulee and graham cracker elements
of Durell Vineyard, the high-tone green apple and Muscat character of Dutton Ranch’s heirloom clones and Zio Tony Ranch’s lush and appealing tropical flavors. The natural richness and mouthcoating density of the 2009 vintage is supported by sophisticated hints of minerality and a refreshing structure that adds length and focus.

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