2018 Davis Estates 'Hungry Blonde' Chardonnay Napa Valley


Hungry Blonde’s basic instinct is all about butter. Opulent and detailed, Cary Gott sources the fruit for this beauty from Poe Vineyard, next door to the world-renowned Hyde Vineyard. Fans of that classic California style, buttery and complex, will find a lot of love in this rich and flavorful Chardonnay. At this great price, falling hard for Hungry Blonde couldn’t even be called a ‘fatal attraction.’

Mike and Sandy Davis made a big play with their recent acquisition of some prized land near Calistoga for their up-and-coming winery. And though they may be new to the game (they spent 23 years working together in the technology sector), their instincts and vision will have them atop the mountain in short order. They’re doing things the right way. The 155-acre Calistoga property has been home to wine-growing families since 1873. With an elevation ranging from 50 to 1,400 feet, to say they’re working with a diverse array of soil types and microclimates would be far underselling their options in the vineyard. We got in on this game early. You’d be wise to do the same.

Cary Gott
Oak Treatment:
100% French oak, 3% new, 23% once used, 44% neutral, 30% stainless
Napa Valley
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750 ml Bottle

Jeb Dunnuck

The entry-level Chardonnay is the 2018 Chardonnay Hungry Blonde, which is all from the cooler Carneros region of the valley. Pretty melon, lemon curd, and orange blossom notes emerge on the nose, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, moderate acidity, and a plush, sexy style that begs to be drunk. It's not for the Chablis-only crowd, but it’s balanced and undeniably delicious. It too is best drunk in its youth.