90 points, 4 stars.
— Beverage Dynamics, March/April 2014

ACCOLADES

For 2011 Lodi Chardonnay:

90 points, 4 stars - Beverage Dynamics, March/April 2014

4 out of 5 stars Restaurant News, June 2013

Gold Medals:
International Women’s Wine Competition
Orange County Commercial Wine Competition

Silver Medals:
SF Chronicle Wine Competition 2014
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Tasters Guild International
Dallas Morning News & TexSom 2013

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Straw-gold colour.

NOSE: Tropical fruit including pineapple with a touch of coconut and ripe pear.

PALATE: Creamy flavours with bright acidity and fresh pear, green apple, candied pineapple and coconut.

FINISH: 

COMMENTS: This Chardonnay is from a cooler region of Lodi, with longer hangtime for juicy, concentrated fruit characteristics. It has straw-gold colour with bright aromas and flavours of fresh tropical fruits. For delicious complexity with a bit of vanilla and spice, the wine was aged for a short time in custom toasted American oak.

WINERY

Rutherford Wine Company is family-owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the rich diversity of California’s outstanding appellations. Today, the portfolio includes Rutherford Ranch Winery (Napa Valley), Round Hill, Scott Family Estate (Arroyo Seco), Lander-Jenkins Vineyards, Predator (Lodi), Rhiannon, Silver Buckle, and extensive Private Label offerings.

Uncompromising and ecologically far-sighted viticulture is an ethical imperative for us. Though more labor intensive than prevalent commercial winegrowing methods, our efforts are rewarded with fruit rich in flavor and character. And great fruit is a prerequisite for great wine.

The company is based at Rutherford Ranch Winery, in Napa Valley’s Rutherford District - one of the region’s most renowned sub-appellations. The winery and estate vineyards are certified sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. The critically acclaimed wines have been characterized as one of Napa’s great values by noted wine writer Robert Parker.

The winery received the 'Family Owned Winery of the Year' Award at the 2012 New York International Wine Competition.   Rutherford Ranch Winery was named 'Napa Winery of the Year' at the 2013 New York International Wine Competition.

RESOURCES

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