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Not all Napa Valley Chardonnays are created equal. A stick of viscous oaky butter, this wine is not. Swanson Chardonnay offers proof that this French-inspired classic has a comfy home in Carneros. Aromas of guava and Meyer lemon zest are evident in the nose. The body is surprisingly full as the wine envelops the palate in luxurious wild honey, peach, apple and lemon-scented flavors. A downright seductive Swanson original.

Wine Specs
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 11th, 2013
Bottling Date
May 2014
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
With its vibrant, golden yellow color and generous nose suggesting honey, ripe peach and acacia flower, this wine makes a strong first impression. Sweet and succulent upon entry, Meyer lemon, wild honey, a kiss of French oak, and a bit of yeast emerge as the wine evolves in the mouth. This Chardonnay is voluptuous in terms of fruit, body, and texture. In addition to the pedigree of the vineyard sources, frequent lees stirring over an 8-month period was undoubtedly a major contributor to the hedonistic qualities of this wine.
Vineyard Notes
The Carneros AVA is a magical place for the Chardonnay grape. The volcanic, shallow, sandy clay-loam soil and cooling effect of marine air from San Pablo Bay are critical factors in the slow, evening ripening of the fruit.
Winemaker Notes
In the 2013 vintage, we experienced moderate temperatures and dry conditions in all of our vineyard locations. All wines from the vintage, both red and white, benefited from a long, cool growing season, and this was especially true for Chardonnay.
Product Reviews
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Tim Finnegan
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(Mar 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM)
Recently served the 2012 Chardonnay at a dinner party to accompany Lobster bisque. Of the four different wines served with dinner that night, it was the favorite. Great with the food (and by itself too). Great flavor without being too much of anything. Agree with the winery's assessment of it being more "french" in style as the fruit flavors were there and excellent but still restrained.