Sarah Francis Wines 2012 Chardonnay, Beckstoffer Carneros Lake Vineyard
Sarah Francis Wines
Region: Carneros, Napa Valley, CA
For all case (12 bottle) orders, receive signed bottles by Owner/Winemaker, Sarah Francis.
"Every once in a while, after tasting thousands of wines, you come across one that elicits a spiritual experience. This was that wine for me. It started out as a normal working day in Napa, meeting a winemaker for lunch. Sarah Francis brought her Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Since we were dining at a Thai restaurant, Sarah elected to open the Chardonnay. Cool-looking sophisticated bottle, beautiful gold color, a bit cloudy because it’s unfiltered, but the life changing moment began when I put my nose in the glass. I could tell instantly this Chardonnay had rare character. The aromatics met me halfway, pulling me in. It reminded me of the greatest white Burgundies of France. Yes, there were the ubiquitous pears and apples, but there was so much more. It followed through to the palate as well…tropical fruit - pineapple and banana weaved in. A prominent lemon zest accompanied the fruit flavors. Hints of spice, vanilla and minerality danced through the harmonious layers with acidity that begs for food. With flavors of lemon meringue and orange blossom teasing, the finish was like dessert after a 12 course degustation; rewarding, but making you want more. The wine was perfect with the Thai cuisine, by the way.”
This wine is recommended for a very specific audience; those who love Chardonnay and those who dislike Chardonnay. Give it a try!
RegionBeckstoffer Carneros Lake Vineyard, Carneros AVA, Napa Valley, CA
AgeabilityMade in the traditional French Montrachet style, with the finest grapes and a premier location (Beckstoffer Vineyards), this wine can age 15 years or more.
Some would say sourcing grapes from a Beckstoffer Vineyard is a noteworthy accolade.