Today we're just North of Carneros in the Napa Valley, where the proximity to San Pablo Bay moderates temperatures and makes it the perfect area for growing great Chardonnay.
Straw in color, verging on gold. The nose shows aromas typical for a more full-bodied chardonnay: apple, lemon, butterscotch, and a hint of oak. The palate has green apple, but turns more exotic with pineapple, kiwi, and melon. Fairly lush yet still with enough acidity for balance, and with plenty of ripe tropical fruit, this should appeal to fans of medium to rich chardonnay, and represents an outstanding bargain.
Like so many wine lovers, Paul Maroon dreamed of moving to Napa and planting a vineyard. In 2000, he was able to accomplish this dream with the purchase of 35 acres of land in the Coombsville area of Napa, where he planted Cabernet Sauvignon, and sold his grapes to Joseph Phelps. As so often happens in these cases, Paul eventually got the itch to make his own wine, and in 2008 founded Maroon Wines to produce small lots of handcrafted wine. His Chardonnay is sourced from a single vineyard in the Oak Knoll AVA, just North of Carneros, where the proximity to the San Pablo Bay moderates temperatures and makes it a more suitable area for growing Chardonnay than the warmer areas to the north. This is a beautiful Chardonnay, and you are unlikely to see a better bargain for single-vineyard chardonnay from the Napa Valley.
Appellation: 100% Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay, Single Vineyard
Acid: 0.56 g/100ml
Production: 334 cases