The 2015 Grayson Cellars Chardonnay scored 98 points, beat out 300+ other Chardonnays, and was named Best in Class at this year’s California State Fair Wine Competition. It beat out notables such as ZD, Grgich Hills, Talbott, Trefethen and a host of others.
For over 10 years now, Napa Valley’s Grayson Cellars has been producing some of our country’s greatest wine values. I’m not the only one who thinks this. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate recently wrote, “It’s about time Grayson Cellars receives recognition for the extraordinary bargains it is creating. There is a lot of high quality fruit available for buying and turning into wine given the hard economic hit vineyards of California have absorbed, and Grayson Cellars appears to be exploiting that to their advantage as well as to that of consumers. Winemaker Larry Levin is doing some remarkable work here, turning out wines that defy belief given their price points. Kudos to him and the owner of Grayson Cellars.”
Yes, kudos to Larry Levin and Mike O’Connell as their 2015 Chardonnay is the best wine they have ever crafted………in my humble opinion of course. I’ve liked previous vintages of this wine and I’ve liked their other varietal offerings, but the 2015 Chardonnay is just super. I can totally understand why it wowed the judges at one of our country’s oldest and largest wine competitions. It had the same effect on me. 100% Chardonnay fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and older French oak barrels, this one explodes out of the glass with perfectly ripened Chardonnay fruit – think golden apple, pear, mango, tangerine – but all of this rich fruit is balanced by lovely crisp acidity. The wine finishes long with just a hint of vanilla and oak spice.
I taste a lot of Chardonnay, and I have to say that this one is the best under-$15 version I’ve ever tried from California. Yep, that’s a bold statement, but I’m sticking with it!
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