One wine has come to define the rich, fruit-driven, consumer-friendly style of California Chardonnay in our era: Rombauer. It didn’t happen overnight; this is the 35th release of Chardonnay from this storied St. Helena winery. The beautiful 2018 vintage was bountiful with great fruit and over-delivers with every sip. Crafted from the Rombauers’ own holdings and Carneros and from vineyards owned by their neighbors, including the Sangiacamo family, the 2018 has a decidedly tropical, stone-fruited personality. The sweet fruit and creamy, buttery aromas are out in force, balanced out by firm acidity. This is crowd-pleasing Chardonnay defined! One case will surely not be enough.
After making wine for more than 30 years in the Napa Valley, the late Koerner Rombauer quietly established himself as an industry veteran. The small town farm boy from Southern California followed his first passion, flying, into the California Air National Guard. In 1972, after an almost 20-year career as a pilot, Koerner moved his wife, kids, two horses and five dogs to the Napa Valley. The small agricultural community reminded him of the clean, safe town in which he grew up. Koerner started with 40 hilltop acres just outside of St Helena, but today, the Rombauers own prime vineyards in some of the finest pockets of the Napa Valley, including the sites in Stags Leap, Atlas Peak, St. Helena and Calistoga. The wines have a cult following - give them a taste and you'll see why.