92pts Wilfred Wong
The 2018 Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay packs a wallop on the palate and delivers through the wine's finish. This wine displays a core of creamy notes, ripe fruits, oak, and chalk. Pair it with grilled bone-in chicken thighs in a wild mushroom sauce. (Tasted: September 9, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
This wine entices with aromas of vanilla, buttercream, apricot, graham cracker and marshmallow followed by elegant, upfront ripe flavors of pear, peach, apple, orange blossom and brown sugar on the finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character.
In addition to a wide variety of appetizers, shellfish and poultry dishes, Reserve Chardonnay pairs perfectly with richer foods that enhance this fuller bodied and deliciously creamy wine.
2018 was a very good year with ideal weather conditions for the vines. Spring produced great set, and average rainfalls led to normal to above-normal yields. Consistently warm temperatures during the summer months without any drastic heat spikes or rain events allowed for longer “hang time” for the grapes, which led to fully ripe flavors