Profile: Along with fine fruit, there really are giant sequoia trees growing on the aptly-named Sequoia Grove estate in the Rutherford region of Napa Valley. Founded in 1980, this family-owned operation produces a wide range of wines, from single vineyard estate bottlings to inexpensive varietal and blended wines with a broader Napa Valley appellation.
Napa Valley Chardonnay Varietal/Style: Chardonnay
Origin: Napa Valley, CA Vintage: 2011 Winemaker: Molly Hill Rating:14/20 Retail Price: $28
A complex, food-friendly wine, the Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay features fresh lemongrass, golden apple and baked bread aromas. Crisp and clean in the mouth, it reveals mineral and almond notes with hints of nutmeg on the finish.