Black Stallion Napa Valley Chardonnay
The weather turned slightly warm and to me a sign to start migrating some white wine into the tasting routine. Tonights feature the 2009 Chardonnay from Black Stallion. The winery is beautiful and a must stop on your next visit to Napa and the Silverado Trail. On the nose a wonderful crisp, fresh citrus aroma. Toasted almond gives you a hint of nutty goodness. Ripe pear rounds out the fruit sensation. Excellent flavor and while aged in oak I don't get the "oak bomb" which can overpower the fruit. What I did get was a wonderful pear and peach combination. The tart of the pear combined with the creaminess of the peach balanced the wine. Toss in some vanilla as you hit the middle of the taste and finish with a hint of apricot. Each flavor was nicely layered and complimentary. Loved the Chardonnay and a definate keeper on hand!