91This food-friendly Napa Valley Chardonnay is buttery rich with a citrus zing. The nose is very soft, with deeply baked apples and caramel, and a touch of lime zest. Pears sautéed in butter, with nutmeg and cinnamon lead, adding crusty french bread and zesty/sweet lime on the mid-palate. Key lime butter on toast linger on the finish. This was a late entry in the Fifth Annual Palate Press Grand Tasting, and it was likely still recovering from shipping, for it is showing far better than it scored that night. This is very nice wine, buttery but balanced, rich, but retaining a food-friendly zing. Drink with Pompano en Papillote. Highly Recommended. 91.

WHO: Trinitas Cellars
WHAT: Chardonnay
DESIGNATION: Proprietors’ Reserve
WHERE: California, Napa Valley, Los Carneros
WHEN: 2011
HOW MUCH: $40

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