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Patz & Hall

From left to right: James Hall, Donald Patz, Ann Moses and Heather Patz

Profile: Patz & Hall is a boutique winery built on friendship, as it was founded in 1988 by four friends and their respective families. A truly successful collaboration, the winery is recognized as one of the Napa Valley's premier producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. One of the winery's strengths is creating single-origin wines from prime, cool California microclimates including sought-after spots in the Russian River Valley, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and Mendocino.

Wine label of Patz & Hall 2006 Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay

2006 Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay
Varietal/Style: Chardonnay
Mendocino, CA
Vintage: 2008
Winemaker: James Hall
Rating: 15.5/20
Retail Price: $60

Tasting Notes:
The 2006 Alder Springs is made from grapes grown at 2,600 ft — one of the highest Chardonnay vineyards in California. The result is a complex and sophisticated Chardonnay. On the nose, the wine offers aromas of pear, peach, lemon, cinnamon and toast. In the mouth, there are layers of pineapple, peaches and pears, honey and baking spice. Tropical fruit acidity gives the wine mouthwatering freshness, yet its spicy, toasty notes at the back of the palate lend a food-friendliness to the style. Enjoy it as an aperitif or serve with herb roast chicken, Mediterranean-flavored tuna or pork loin with a stone fruit compote. The wine would also work well at the end of the meal as an accompaniment to a cinnamon and hazelnut biscotti.

Wine of the Week October 4, 2010:
2006 Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay

Other Patz & Hall wines we have tasted:
2005 Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir
2005 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
2005 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
2005 Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay
2006 Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir
2006 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
2006 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
2007 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
2008 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
2008 Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay
2008 Jenkins Ranch Pinot Noir
2008 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2010 Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir
2010 Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay
2011 Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir

51 Napa Valley Corporate Way, Suite A
Napa, CA 94558

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