2007 Napa Station Chardonnay

Price: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

2007 Napa Station ChardonnayPer Napa Station “Sourced from four exceptional vineyards in the cool southern region of Napa Valley, this Chardonnay was aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks and small French oak barrels. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation to add richness without overpowering the fruit. The wine exhibits aromas of ripe peach, pear and citrus, with crisp green apple and hints of tropical fruit on the palate. The finish is long and clean with fresh acidity.”

What I Think:

On initial glance this may seem like another Bronco Wine Co. label but it isn’t. Instead it is the inaugural release of a new winery that garnered an 87 point rating from Robert Parker saying “Readers looking for Excellent Values should check out Napa Station. Their delicious 2007 Chardonnay exhibits plenty of fresh citrus interwoven with hints of white peaches and apples in its natural, lively, pure personality. Medium-bodied and zesty, its ideal for drinking over the next 1-2 years.” – (December 2009)

Now the suggested retail on this one is $18 and the best price online is the $11 BevMo offers this one for. Given that I was keen to see what this one had to offer for the five spot it will cost you to pick up a bottle at Trader Joe’s. Before we jump in my typical disclaimer; I’m not a huge Chardonnay fan (despite tasting 25 bottles last year) so you may want to take the below with a grain of salt…

(13.5%) Lightly oaked on a floral nose showing faint white apricots. The palate starts pure and focused before turning toasty with slightly sweet green apple flavors. This is full bodied wine with a crisp acidity on the backbone. The finish is big & creamy while not being over the top oaky. Overall this wine is (for me) slightly refreshing. Given that those that prefer their Chardonnay dripping in butter (like the Overlake Chardonnay) may want to pass but I’m guessing this will please plenty of palates. For $5 give it a try and let me know if you agree with Parker’s take.

Rating: 12th Bottle

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5 thoughts on “2007 Napa Station Chardonnay

  1. I’m not a big Chardonnay fan either but I thought this wine was very good for the price. I was told from the buyers that this Chard was replacing the Spiral Chard that was discontinued. I have had both and give my nod to the Napa Station. Like you said Jason this Chard is refreshing.

    On other news, we are trying a couple new wines today. One is Benefactor Red and the other is One Thousand One Pinot Noir. Hope they are good and will be in to shoot a post on the results.

    • Have you seen the reviews we received on the Cab? TJ’s is not carrying it though….sorry. Maybe sometime in the future, but of course not at the same price as the Chard. Thanks for the nice words and check us out at napastation.com or Facebook under ‘Napa Station Wines’.

  2. We tried the Benefactor Cellars 2009 Red from Mendocino County and the results were great. This Blend goes for $4.99 and is a private label. This blend consists of 50% Zinfandel, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignane aged in both French and American Oak. The color was deep in plum. Very ripe, bright jammy nose with layers of blackberry with oak. Medium to full body with ripe berry and dark plum flavors along with a polished finish. Great for an every day fall back wine.

    The next wine we tasted was the One Thousand One Pinot Noir. This Pinot goes for $5.99 vs $12.99 else where. The nose starts with cherry and spice. This is a nice classic California Pinot Noir with dark fruit and hints of oak along with some earthiness. I am a fan of Full body wines that coat the palate and have a lingering finish, so for 4 more dollars I rather go with the Islay Peak Pinot Noir for $9.99. The Islay Peak is a more full body Pinot Noir and one of my favorites.

  3. @JB: Thanks for the notes.
    It seems we’re getting a lot of Zin-based blends in recently that have good drinkability at a great price.

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