Rich and seductive, the Black Cordon Chardonnay 2014 starts off with a nose of toasted hazelnuts, dark caramel, ripe apricot, bruised banana and lemon bars. The taste continues on with more of the same plus cinnamon toast and lemon crème brulee (caramelized top). Cool climate vineyards in Occidental, Annapolis and Petaluma Gap result in ideal acidity to keep this brawny wine on its feet.
David and Karen Dunphy launched Black Cordon in the mid 2000s with their home “Black Cordon Vineyard” that looks over north Napa on the west side (Oak Knoll Bench, if you will). Over time they have purchased vineyard on Howell Mountain and Pritchard Hill as well as Coombsville. Paul Hobbs has been their winemaker since the beginning. All the wines, including their second label Sixteen by Twenty, are delicious, thoughtful wines that express both their provenance and vintage. Check out all the DDWA recommended wines from Black Cordon here.Add to my favorites