Wine Advocate 87 points - The least expensive Chardonnay from Rombauer, the 2014 Chardonnay Los Carneros was aged nine months in a combination of French and American oak. It has a light gold color with a greenish hue, attractive nectarine and citrus oil notes, medium body, and subtle wood. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
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Rombauer Vineyards began producing Chardonnay in 1982. In 1990, the family made their first Chardonnay from the Carneros region, where San Pablo Bay meets the southern end of Napa and Sonoma valleys. There, the cool climate and clay soils offer ideal conditions for growing superior Chardonnay with the Rombauer hallmarks - intense fruit flavors balanced by fresh acidity.
The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers including the Sangiacomo family, long-term grower partners who have farmed this land for three generations.
When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Their appreciation stemmed from Koerner’?s great aunt Irma Rombauer having authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal.
Appreciation bred passion, and Rombauer Vineyards was established in 1980. Thirty-five years later, the winery remains owned and operated by first- and second-generation members of the family.