Clos du Val, Carneros (Napa Valley, California) Chardonnay Estate 2015

($32): Balance.  That’s why this wine is so enjoyable.  And enjoyable, not just for a sip, but also throughout the meal.  There’s the lush ripeness and power you’d expect from Napa Valley Chardonnay, but the cooling influences of the San Pablo Bay on the Carneros region brings out a lovely lemony counterpoint and vivacity. For all of its intensity — and an almost chewy texture — it has remarkable elegance, which you really appreciate in the finish.  Wines like this one explain why California Chardonnay remains so popular.
93 Michael Apstein Aug 8, 2017