2014 Miner Family Napa Valley Chardonnay

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Dave Miner began his career working in the software industry, in sales at Oracle. By 1993 Dave had left that job to take over Oakville Ranch Vineyards from his late uncle, Robert Miner. Dave always had a passion for wine and enjoyed being a collector so he was excited to get involved with wine as his everyday work responsibility. In 1996 Dave decided to do a custom crush of grapes and bottle wines under the Miner Family name, and thus the label was born. By 1999 caves were dug and a winery facility was ready, and the Miner Family winery began to grow and add to its stable of offerings. The winery is tucked along the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation in the heart of Napa Valley. The 2014 Miner Family Napa Valley Chardonnay is sourced from multiple low-yielding vineyards throughout Napa Valley. Winemaking team Gary Brookman and Stacy Vogel blend grapes from Garvey, Genny’s, Stagecoach, Hudson and Hyde Vineyards. They age the wine for ten months in 30% new French oak and 40% stainless steel. It undergoes 50% malolactic fermentation. The resulting wine is fruit driven with crisp apple and melon notes and citrus hints. It is richly textured, with soft tannins and hints of toasty oak. This quintessential California Chardonnay is an absolute winner. Pair this wonderful wine with roast chicken or enjoy it as an apéritif.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.