Named for matriarch Hope Signorello, this is made from the best barrels of some of the oldest Chardonnay vines (39 years) in the valley. Every year, its score from Robert Parker seems to creep upward, with the 2014 scoring 96, and the 2015 98. In 2015 the wine outscored numerous wines from Peter Michael, Aubert, DuMOL, Kongsgaard, and Rochioli. Do you need to wait for the score on the 2017 to know that this is an absolutely stunning bottle of Chardonnay? It glistens with an intense golden color, and offers up aromas of creamy figs, orange marmalade, peaches, and lemon butter, but with a citrusy tension that keeps any part of the experience from becoming ponderous. Grab at least a six-pack of this absolutely crackin’ wine!
We love those occasions when fate throws a wrench into someone's plan and everything turns out better than he ever could have mapped it himself. Such was the case with Ray Signorello Sr., who purchased a 100-acre estate in and around Napa Valley's Stags' Leap District with the plan to grow and sell grapes to existing wineries. All was going well until a surplus crop in 1985 left Ray with more fruit than he could possibly off-load. A glass half full kind of guy, Ray decided to give custom crush a shot. The results were so tasty; he realized that if he could make drinkable wine, then a real winemaker could work magic with such top-notch fruit. Since that 1985 experiment, Signorello has evolved into one of our favorite producers of small production Burgundian and Bordeaux-inspired wines. Ray Jr.'s focus is always on the fruit. Ray shares a similar vision with consulting winemaker Luc Morlet and winemaker Pierre Birebent - a vision favoring restraint and elegance to in-your-face and obvious.