Text Size:-+
06.22.2004

2001 Liparita Chardonnay, Carneros

Liparita was launched in 1987 with 100 cases of Chardonnay and derives its name from from the Sicilian island of Lipari (mod. Isolta Lipari). The volcanic soils of this tiny island were reminiscent of those found on Liparita's Howell Mountain property. Owner Bob Burrows and winemaker Kerry Signoracci have increased their production to 8000 barrels and have expanded from that initial Chardonnay to a whole portfolio of wines which include some excellent award winning Cabernets and a great Sauvignon Blanc.

Much of the winery's fruit is sourced from elsewhere in Napa, and often from very high quality vineyards, known and unknown.

This wine is tank fermented and 50 percent of it goes through secondary malolactic fermentation with 40 percent of the total amount seeing new French oak.

Tasting Notes:
This wine doesn't have much color in the glass, barely making it to a shade of pale clear gold. The nose contains aromas of golden delicious apples, buttered toast, cashews, and dried herbs. On the tongue it has beautiful, delicate buttery tones mixed with flavors of unripe apples, chalk, and new oak, with a very crisp acidity for something that has clearly seen a lot of malolactic fermetation. While I tend to not like wines that are mouthfuls of butter and creme brulee, this wine has a nice balance to it that saves it from being overwrought.

Food Pairing:
I'd have no problem serving this with my classic chicken piccata recipe which resembles this one, with the crucial addition of artichoke hearts.

Overall Score: 8.5

How much?: $23

There doesn't seem to be much of this out there, but a quick pass through Froogle found a couple of retailers.

Comments (1)

enoch choi wrote:
06.22.04 at 5:17 PM

i've been to their office with two buddies, it's just an office in an industrial complex in napa. They're very accomodating, and will pull a couple bottles if you call ahead.

Comment on this entry

(will not be published)
(optional -- Google will not follow)
Yes
 

Type the characters you see in the picture above.

Buy My Book!

small_final_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Delectable Flipboard

Most Recent Entries

Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 5, 2014 Another Idiotic California Law Screws Wineries Vinography Images: Vineyard Reflections The Fake Tongue Illusion and Wine Tasting 2014 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting: October 21, San Francisco Cool Beauty: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast Vinography Images: Shaggy Companions 2014 Pinot on the River Tasting: October 26, Healdsburg Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 21, 2014 The Essence of Wine is Ready to Buy!

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 Királyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson The World's Greatest Wine Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.