Frank Family, Lewis Reserve Chardonnay 2020 (Carneros, CA)
Producer Notes: Located in the heart of Napa-Carneros, touching the shores of San Pablo Bay, the Lewis Vineyard is named after Rich Frank's eldest grandson, Lewis and was purchased in 2000. Gently rolling hills span 86 acres, 58 of which are planted to Chardonnay, the Lewis Vineyard consists primarily of shallow and dense clay loam soils, receiving only 20 inches of rainfall annually. The restricting soils in combination with the maritime influence from proximity to the bay, result in extremely low yields, producing grapes with strong character and balanced acidity. The practice of cool climate viticulture and the planting of small-clustered Dijon clones, such as clone 95, contribute to an intensity that is found in the Chardonnays of Frank Family's Lewis Vineyard.
Vinous, 93 Points: "The 2020 Chardonnay Lewis Vineyard emerges from estate vineyards in Napa's Carneros AVA. It presents a more tropical profile and lusher textures than the other wines in this range. A touch more new oak works well for the style of wine. This creamy, flamboyant Chardonnay is very beautifully done."
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