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 at under $20 you are unlikely to see a better bargain for single-vineyard chardonnay from the Napa Valley.
The 2013 Maroon Napa Valley Chardonnay is pale straw yellow through the rim. Aromas of mixed citrus, notes of lime, freshly cut pineapple, Meyer lemon, lemon curd, sweet oak, lemongrass and creme brulee tickle your noes. The palate offers more Meyer lemon, lemon zest and lemon curd, followed by pineapple, spice and a hints of caramel. This is one to enjoy with a wide array of edibles including with fish, fowl or pork. Try with Salad Nicoise, or pair with spicy Asian chicken, Indian, or Thai.
Appellation: 100% Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Vineyard: Cathartes Vineyard
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acid: 0.54 g/100ml
Production: 1000 cases
PAUL MAROON became interested in winemaking over 40 years ago while as a young man helping his uncle make wine in Pennsylvania. In the back of his mind he always knew that for him Napa Valley was the place to be. Paul visited as often as possible throughout the years and finally in 2000 realized his dream and relocated to the Napa Valley. Here he began his life as a vintner and Paul has been growing grapes and making fine wines ever since.
Learn more at www.maroonwines.com.