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Molnar Family 2008 Chardonnay, Poseidon's Vineyard - Review

Carneros (Napa Valley), California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week April 23, 2012

A bottle of Molnar Family 2008 Chardonnay, Poseidon's Vineyard, our wine of the week

Molnar Family
2008 Chardonnay, Poseidon's Vineyard

Carneros (Napa Valley), CA

In 1973, Hungarian immigrant Nicholas Molnar planted Poseidon's Vineyard in what was, at the time, sheep grazing territory. Today the region is known as Carneros and is considered one of America's premier appellations for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. For over 30 years, Molnar has been supplying grapes from Poseidon's Vineyard to some of Napa's most famous wineries, including Joseph Phelps, Heitz and Sterling. Molnar Family's winery was started by Nicholas' sons Peter and Arpad in 2004. Today, the winery focuses on showcasing Carneros fruit with single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The 2008 Chardonnay's aromas are an enticing combination of butterscotch, marshmallow and toasted oak. Its flavor profile also leans toward dessert with sweet, spiced pear, marshmallow and crème brûlée. A touch of citrus comes in toward the finish. It's definitely a bold, New World kind of Chardonnay, but one that will appeal to those who like body, richness and length along with a bit of sweetness. Serve with simple but not necessarily delicate foods like bacon quiche, roast chicken with citrus or a plate of ripe, soft cheeses accompanied by pears and honeycomb. It would also make an interesting choice with subtle desserts like lemon biscotti.

Rating: 14/20

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