Winemakers assess Napa’s ‘affordable’ Chardonnay

Big Vine Wines Chardonnay Carneros 2010 ($16)

Big Vine ChardonnayBig Vines is a cooperative of wine industry professionals which makes a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and this Carneros Chardonnay in Napa, and a Zinfandel in Dry Creek. Owner is Andrew Siegal and Director of Winemaking and Vineyard Sourcing is Kent Jarman. This fresh, full-bodied wine has great lemon citrus and orange rind flavours. It is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 11 months in neutral French oak.

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