TOR Kenward Chardonnay 2018 - 750ml

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94pts Jeb Dunnuck

There’s not much of the 2018 Chardonnay Carneros, but it’s a rocking effort loaded with notions of ripe peach, brioche, honeysuckle, and white flowers. With a medium to full-bodied style, bright acidity, and terrific balance, it’s one of the ripe, powerful Chardonnays that Napa does so well paired with the vibrant, pure style of a seemingly cooler climate. Count me in as a fan.

92pts Vinous

The 2018 Chardonnay (Carneros) is a gorgeous entry-level wine in this range. Apricot, tangerine, mint, yellow flowers and light tropical notes all grace this soft, open-knit Chardonnay from Tor Kenward. The appellation wine is a blend of fruit from Hyde, Beresini and Durell. (AG)

91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Chardonnay Napa Carneros wine is from three famous Chardonnay vineyards: 63% from Steve Beresini’s 30-year-old, dry-farmed heritage vines, 23% from Hyde vineyard and 14% from Durell vineyard. It sings of honey-drizzled peaches, honeydew melon and fresh guava with hints of cedar chest, orange blossoms and waxed lemons. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling stone fruit and savory flavors with a refreshing backbone and toasty kick to the finish. (LPB)

Winemaker Notes

Tor's masterful Chardonnay was crafted from some remarkable sources: 63% from Steve Beresini’s 30-year-old, dry-farmed heritage vines, 23% from Hyde vineyard and 14% from Durell vineyard. The Wine Advocate loved its "honey-drizzled peaches, honeydew melon and fresh guava with hints of cedar chest, orange blossoms and waxed lemons." Bravo Tor and Jeff!

This wine is from three historic Chardonnay vineyards, the sum of this winemaker’s selection is greater than its parts. Steve Beresini’s thirty-year-old, dry-farmed heritage vines gives depth and texture, Hyde Vineyard’s wind-cooled topography gives minerality and precision, Durell vineyard contributes richness and opulence. 470 cases made.