2004 Forman - Chardonnay 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89-90

($30) Palish color. Leesy, spicy aromas of apple, pear, fresh herbs and mint, with a hint of banana. Round and intensely flavored, with a malic edge and firm minerality giving the coolish flavors excellent penetration. This no-malo style can be bracing in the early years, but the Forman chardonnay has a track record of aging gracefully in bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Average rating: 89, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

50 bottles owned by 19 collectors.

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About This Producer

Ric Forman, a legend on the Napa wine scene with his integral role in developing the vineyards of Newton and the great Cabernets of Sterling, established his own brand with a debut 1983 vintage. This first wine exceeded anyone's expectations, and Ric has maintained consistent high rankings for his age-worthy Cabernet and Chardonnay, wines of "finesse" and "elegance." Forman also produces a second label called Chateau la Grande Roche.

See other similar producers: Chappellet Winery, Philip Togni Vineyard, Broman Cellars

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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