North Valley Vineyards

Gaderian Wines

Invisible Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Gaderian Wines Invisible Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019, California

Deep gold in color.

Strong nose of yellow apples, spices, oak, vanilla and lemons.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, oak, vanilla, spices, overripe pears, bitter herbs and nuts.

Medium finish with lemons and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward.

This Single Vineyard is still young and showing lots of oak and vanilla notes. Would be nice to revisit it in a year or two.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a horseradish Cheddar cheese and fresh berries.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.
— a day ago

Daniel P., Diane and 7 others liked this

Etude

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David Koenen

Sure thing

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Alder Yarrow
9.4

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Ron R
9.4

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