2005 Patz & Hall - Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 93

A harmoniously balanced Chardonnay with all of the textbook Alder Springs lushness. A dead ringer for the wine in barrel. Mineral, anise and pear aromas. A feeling of lemon chiffon on the palate with a hint of round nuttiness.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 99

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+)

($55) Bright medium yellow. Superrich aromas of candied yellow fruits, lemon drop, roasted grain, smoke and vanilla. Large-scaled, broad and impressively fine-grained; this really fills the mouth but bright acids give it a light touch. A leesy quality adds complexity. This seems every bit as rich as the superb 2004, and also calls for 12 to 18 months of patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/11/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2012
delicious; lemon curd and apricots. well balance, good acidity. a delight

Rating: 92
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/21/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2012

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

95 bottles owned by 37 collectors.

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About This Producer


Since 1988, Patz & Hall has set a standard for Chardonnays and Pinots that epitomize poise and finesse. The winery is a partnership of four individuals - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moss and Heather Patz - all of whom are veterans in the production of fine wine. Between them, they have made wine at Flora Springs, Honig Cellars, Far Niente, Marimar Torres, Spring Mountain and Cain Vineyard. They source from regions ranging from the Santa Lucia Highlands to Mendocino, and prime areas in between. The wines skillfully maintain the intricate and graceful dance between substance and balance, power and elegance - the key characteristics of world-class Pinot Noir.

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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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