PlumpJack’s Chardonnay can always be counted on to walk that tightrope between bright acidity and creaminess without a single misstep. The 2020 Reserve shows impeccable balance from the high-flying aromas of citrus (lemon, orange zest & key lime) to the soft landing on hazelnut and spice. The creamy, lemon-curd texture is crazy seductive while the vibrant acidity carries each sip to a long, satisfying conclusion.
If we were to pick just one Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to blast into interstellar space for aliens to try when they stumble upon it someday, that wine would be Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville. In our view it is the most flavor-packed, complex, complete bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that you can buy, in pretty much every vintage. Plumpjack is in one posh neighborhood, with Screaming Eagle, Rudd, Bond St. Eden, and Dalla Valle all nearby. This is Oakville’s (and the Valley’s) absolute sweet spot, near the crossroads of Oakville Cross and Silverado Trail. Their Cabernets are absolutely spectacular, stuffed to the gills with ripe cherry fruit and red rose perfume—and very fairly priced compared to the neighbors.