2010 Tallulah “Orchard Vineyard” Chardonnay


2010 Tallulah “Orchard Vineyard” Chardonnay

$32 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Mike Drash is a young and talented Napa winemaker whom we have showcased in the past. For those of you with any early film history knowledge, Tallulah is a reference to Tallulah Bankhead, a sultry and flamboyant movie and stage actress of the 1930s noted for an extremely deep voice. Drash, raised in Tennessee, is a distant relative, but close enough to honor Ms. Bankhead by naming his daughter after her and with top billing on his label.

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The Orchard Avenue vineyard is one of the oldest plantings of chardonnay in the valley.  Planted in 1969 this three-acre vineyard made up a portion of the historic 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the 1976 Paris tasting; a wine that helped put California on the map.  I was lucky enough to pick up this vineyard just before the 2010 harvest.  I couldn’t believe my fortune.  It was like finding an old classic car in the neighbor’s barn. Over the last two years we have taken this little gem and helped take it back to its original glory.  The wine is reminiscent of a great vintage of Montrachet. Flinty with mineral notes but underlying tropical fruit that reminds you it is from the Napa Valley. The wine spent 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels before bottling.  We only allowed the wine to go through partial ML to keep the acidity high. The Orchard Avenue Chardonnay will age for a decade or more.  Enjoy!”

100% chardonnay from the Orchard Avenue Vineyard

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