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2019 Maroon Chardonnay, Napa Valley
2019 Maroon Chardonnay, Napa Valley

2019 Chardonnay
, Napa Valley
Oak Knoll District

Straw in color, verging on gold.  Aromas of figs, peach, pears, yellow apples and hints of butterscotch and a hint of oak. The palate is rich with the fruit shining through while maintaining balance and vibrancy.

Lush yet 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.

Hand-harvested, crushed and then the juice soaks on the skins for 6 hours prior to pressing, which helps extract important aroma components from the skins. 25% of this wine was fermented in new oak barrels, which contribute a minimal level of oak characteristics, and allows the natural fruit to shine through. The wine was then aged in the same barrels for 12 months prior to bottling.

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 highly prized wineries.  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.

Vintage:  2019
Harvest Date: September 2019
Varietal Composition:  100% Chardonnay, Single Vineyard
Appellation: 100% Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Release Date: April 2021
Alcohol%:  14.2%
70 cases

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