Paul Hobbs’ 4 Barrel Chardonnay STUNNER


Black Cordon was created in 1978 when Karen and David Dunphy fell in love with the Napa Valley and its striking black cordons (the branches of a vine are called cordons and they often appear black in the wet season). Despite fantastic scores on their wines, they remain under the radar and will likely be the ones pouring their earthy, velvety, rich, dark-purple (almost black) cab for you when you visit.   Black Cordon Vineyards approaches winemaking with the intention of making wine that is intense and complex with a distinct character that faithfully represents where the grapes have been grown. Attention to detail and hands-on attention to every barrel of wine is what it takes to pull this off. With Paul Hobbs as your winemaker, the wines show the pedigree, character, quality and complexity associated with all of Paul’s projects.

Black Cordon 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Retail 68.00 – GGWC 64.99
Use code BC13CHDRSV at checkout

Light gold with a beautiful nose of just-picked limes and lemons. There is both a sappy lemon curd and an underlying bread dough aroma that is characteristic of Chardonnay-based Champagne. Wisps of citrus blossoms add complexity. This is the roundest and ripest nose of the three wines. The medium body, with a vibrant plushness and bright acidity that melds into round tartness, is supported by an almost invisible oak frame. Rings of complexity reminiscent of mineral-encased citrus fruit, and ripe apricot, meet up with a very long and persistent creamy, lemon custard finish.

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