Full Review

Hagafen

Hagafen
2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Hagafen
2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Fish Pasta Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6% RS: <1%
Golden yellow color. Rich, tropical, buttery aromas of coconut buttercream, pineapple cake, and nougat with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, spiced apples, lemon curd, kiwi, and melon finish with heavy oak. A big, oaky, creamy old school style Napa chardonnay.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth, fruity, oaky & rich & full
Aroma Aroma: coconut buttercream, pineapple cake, and nougat
Taste Flavor: spiced apples, lemon curd, kiwi, and melon
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Poached Salmon with Lemon Butter , Tuna Casserole, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A big, oaky, creamy old school style Napa chardonnay.

The Producer

Hagafen Cellars

The Producer
4160 Silverado Trl
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-252-0781

Their Portfolio

86 Don Ernesto 2015 "Beret", Rose, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $24.00.
94 Hagafen 2014 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.6% (USA) $.00.
93 Hagafen 2014 "Don Ernesto Collage", Lodi 14.4% (USA) $24.00.
91 Hagafen 2012 Brut Rosé, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $48.00.
93 Hagafen 2014 Don Ernesto’s Collage, Lodi 14.4% (USA) $24.00.
90 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled, Riesling, Napa Valley 11% (USA) $24.00.
91 Hagafen 2015 Clearwater, Riesling, Lake County 11% (USA) $21.00.
93 Hagafen 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $27.00.
93 Hagafen 2014 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
92 Hagafen 2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $42.00.
86 Hagafen 2016 Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
92 Hagafen 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County-Sonoma County 12.5% (USA) $27.00.
94 Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet, Riesling, Coombsville, Napa Valley 11% (USA) $24.00.
83 Hagafen 2015 Methode Champenoise Brut Rosé, Napa Valley 12.5% (USA) $48.00.
88 Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled Wieruszowski Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.4% (USA) $54.00.
91 Hagafen 2016 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Coombsville, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $42.00.
92 Hagafen 2015 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine, Napa Valley 12.8% (USA) $48.00.
92 Prix 2012 Mélange Red Table Wine, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $75.00.
89 Prix 2014 Estate Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13% (USA) $40.00.
89 Prix 2015 Reserve, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Prix 2016 Reserve, Chardonnay, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Prix 2016 Estate Bottled Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 12% (USA) $40.00.
93 Prix 2014 Reserve Estate Bottled, Syrah, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $65.00.
88 Prix 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $80.00.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.