Tor Napa Valley Torchiana Chardonnay 2010 / 750 ml.

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ST9494 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - May/Jun 2012
Good bright yellow. Aromas of orchard fruits, lemon curd, minerals and smoky lees. Offers lovely fruit intensity in a cool style:  lemon zest, fresh peach, minerals and menthol. Nothing tropical about this California chardonnay. High-pitched, broad and quite dry, with a palate-dusting, extract-rich finish.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 22nd Dec 2011
The 2010 Chardonnay Torchiana boasts tons of energy and sheer personality. Lime peel, white flowers, crushed rocks and spices are some of the notes that flow from this pure, vivid Chardonnay. This is pure class and elegance. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2018.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2012
Intense and vibrant, with complex white peach, honeysuckle and nectarine flavors, framed by toasty, cedary oak that takes on a butterscotch edge. Slow to unfold. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2021. 175 cases made.

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ST94 94 pts. / Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (May/Jun 2012)

Good bright yellow. Aromas of orchard fruits, lemon curd, minerals and smoky lees. Offers lovely fruit intensity in a cool style:  lemon zest, fresh peach, minerals and menthol. Nothing tropical about this California chardonnay. High-pitched, broad and quite dry, with a palate-dusting, extract-rich finish.

RP93 93 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (22nd Dec 2011)

The 2010 Chardonnay Torchiana boasts tons of energy and sheer personality. Lime peel, white flowers, crushed rocks and spices are some of the notes that flow from this pure, vivid Chardonnay. This is pure class and elegance. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2018.

SP92 92 pts. / Wine Spectator (Jun 30, 2012)

Intense and vibrant, with complex white peach, honeysuckle and nectarine flavors, framed by toasty, cedary oak that takes on a butterscotch edge. Slow to unfold. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2021. 175 cases made.

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District / Napa Valley

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Napa Valley is California's -- and America's -- most famous and celebrated wine district. Located north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is most famous for its world-class Cabernets and Chardonnays. The region's acclaim officially took off following a 1976 tasting in Paris when renowned judges chose a Napa Chardonnay and Cabernet over top French wines made from the same grapes.

Most wineries in the region produce either a Chardonnay or a Cabernet, and usually it's both. Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel are also grown with success in Napa Valley. You'll likely recognize the names of some of the viticultural areas within Napa Valley, including St. Helena, Stag's Leap and Carneros.

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 69363
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Tor Napa Valley Torchiana Chardonnay
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Napa Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Wine/Spirit Brand Tor
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2010
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color White
Grape(s) 100% Chardonnay
Primary Grape Chardonnay
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 25th Sep 2018
Drive the Oakville Cross Road to the Silverado Trail, then look directly forward and up and you see Tierra Roja, a small four-acre jewel of a hillside vineyard. The vineyard is dotted with big rocks, and the soil is roja (very red). The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside comes from the upper steep terraces of the vineyard, directly below Dalla Valle. It includes 5% Cabernet Franc from another of Oakville’s vineyards. Fermented in a single closed-top tank, this was allowed to stay on its skins for a little over 30 days. The wine continued to pick up sweetness and depth without adding on any drying tannin, so extended maceration was used. After fermentation this was lightly pressed to new Taransaud and Darnajou barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives profound crème de cassis, blueberry pie, mulberries, plums, chocolate box, menthol and licorice aromas with underbrush hints. The full-bodied palate is firm, vibrant and earthy with herbal accents, finishing long and earthy. 300 cases produced.
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2018
Tor’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside Tierra Roja Vineyard includes a dollop of 5% Cabernet Franc from To Kalon. A powerful, structured wine, the Oakville Hillside is going to need at least a few years to allow the tannins to soften. This is an especially tannic, imposing 2015 Cabernet. The 2015 spent 18 months in French oak, about 70% of it new.
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2018
A touch rustic and chewy while still maintaining an elegant profile, marked by charcoal, lead pencil, dried berry, sage and cedary oak notes. Should gain. Best from 2020 through 2030. 300 cases made.
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
A white with layers of dried apple and pear character. Hints of almond. Straw. Full body, good acidity and a complex finish. Drink now.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2017
Smells like a fresh-peeled tangerine, with zesty, mouthwatering fruit and acidity. Gains depth and nuance without sacrificing intensity or focus, ending with a strong, persistent aftertaste. Drink now through 2021. 200 cases made.
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WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/2023
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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, December 5, 2023
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SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2017
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SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2017
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RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2014
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ST93+93–95 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - May/Jun 2014
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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, March 20, 2017
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