Thanks to a wonderful growing season which provided perfectly ripened grapes, Napa Valley native and winemaker Tony Coltrin was able to craft an expressive, approachable and fruit forward Chardonnay. Having undergone alcoholic and malolactic fermentation simultaneously in barrel and spending 9 months sur lie aging in 33% new French oak, our 2015 Los Carneros Chardonnay showcases balanced fruit, lingering acidity and rich flavors and aromas of caramelized white pear, fresh fuji and golden delicious apple, apple blossoms and torched crème brûlée.
Soft goat or cows milk cheeses
White fish, such as halibut, black cod, or tilapia
Chicken dishes with creamy sauces
Light pastas with cream or butter sauces
Caribbean dishes with tropical fruit flavors
Despite receiving close to 75% of normal rainfall, the warmer and dryer than usual winter season, resulted in an early bud break that coupled with a cool spring and long flowering period resulted in an uneven fruit set. Temperatures through the first half of the growing season were even and warm, giving way to repeated heat surges in the final ripening weeks that pushed the harvest ahead by 2 weeks. This weather pattern resulted in smaller than usual clusters and a lighter than usual crop of beautiful rich character.
Our Oberon Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vineyards located within the sub-appellation of Los Carneros. Highly influenced by the San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, Los Carneros provides the perfect combination of summer fog, warm days, cool nights and a long growing season which make it an ideal location for growing our Chardonnay grapes.
Winery: Oberon Wines
Winemaker Tony Coltrin was born in St. Helena and is a lifelong Napa Valley resident. Having grown up in Napa Valley and worked in the wine industry for over 40 years, Coltrin knows every corner of the valley and precisely which sub-zones excel at producing Bordeaux grapes of exceptional character.
Tony’s life-long relationships with grape growers throughout the Napa Valley are the key to Oberon’s quality. He is able to draw on those friendships to reliably obtain top quality fruit at a fair price year after year. For Oberon, Tony selects Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Napa’s best winegrowing regions, including Rutherford, Oakville, Oak Knoll, Wooden Valley, and the Michael Mondavi Family’s Oso Vineyard at the northeastern end of Napa Valley.
By layering together structured hillside fruit, plush fruit from the alluvial valley floor and fruit sourced from diverse soils within the valley, Tony crafts quintessential Napa Valley wines: complex, flavorful wines with ample natural acidity. Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Cabernet with deep, rich color and concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors. The Merlot shows textbook plum and black currant flavors and silky texture. The Sauvignon Blanc is partially fermented in barrel, adding body and texture to the vibrant green apple, kiwi, pear and melon fruit flavors.
The latest addition to the portfolio is Chardonnay from Los Carneros region. This Chardonnay is an expressive, approachable fruit-forward wine with notes of caramelized white pear, fresh Fuji and Golden Delicious apple, and torched crème brûlée.
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It sounds interesting and a bit unusual. Thanks for links to previous Rattage. I notice one mention that the small addition of Muscat is noticeable, which might not be a bad thing but I think uncommon. I think it will be fun to try. Went in for 1/2 case. Also a mention of a good QPR at that price, and now the price is better yet (of course there are limited options for retailing a white vintage after a couple of years, hence the attractive deal here today).
BTW if you click on the links to previous discussion, and then go to the top to get back to the product page, it will say ‘Sold Out’ and I thought “What?” but then I realize that was the 2018 offer page. Make sure you get back to “today’s!” offer to buy.
Following up, now that we are several bottles into our case…we really enjoyed this wine! I will admit that the first sip was an unexpected punch of fruity sweetness (probably the muscat) and made my whole mouth tingle. But after a few minutes in the glass, it smoothed out. Paired nicely with the typical chardonnay foods like seafood, chicken and creamy sauces. I would definitely buy again, especially at this price.