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2021 The Lioness Chardonnay, Napa Valley
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2021 The Lioness Chardonnay, Napa Valley

The Lioness pays homage to the women of the Hess Family, whose long-standing emblem has been the lion. This Chardonnay reflects the abundance and power of Napa Valley through low-intervention winemaking techniques, allowing exceptional fruit to shine. Soft aromas of lemon curd and toast lead to flavors of cooked Golden Delicious apples, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
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FROM THE CELLAR

"With this wine, we aim to craft a big, beautiful Napa Valley Chardonnay that showcases what the valley is capable of producing. I am striving for texture and full flavors when I make the barrel selection, and am attracted to clones that produce fruit of low yields but tremendous quality. The Lioness is beautifully balanced and dynamic with a lush texture and layered flavors. Aromas of crème brûlée, lemongrass and honeysuckle are lifted by a core of bright acidity running throughout. Hints of white peaches are complemented by undertones of vanilla bean that persist through a fresh and exciting finish."

- Dave Guffy, Chief Winemaker

Wine Specs

Varietal

Chardonnay

Blend

100% Chardonnay

Scores

93 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast, 2021 Vintage
90 POINTS - Wine Enthusiast, 2019 Vintage

Appellation

Napa Valley

Harvest Date

Sep. 8-10, 2021

Alcohol %

14.5

Aging

18 months

Cooperage

50% New French Oak

Winemaking

100% barrel fermented, malolactic, lees stirred weekly for the first 6 months, then monthly for the next 12 months

Tasting Notes

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