1998 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Current Releases1997 Napa Valley Chardonnay

$20 per 750ml bottle

The 1999 vintage gave Keenan its first significant harvest
of Estate Chardonnay since replanting in 1995. The 1999 Chardonnay is a blend of the Estate fruit and fruit purchased from select vineyards on the floor of the
Napa Valley. This blend of Napa Valley Chardonnayís continues the Keenan tradition of producing a crisp classic style Chardonnay.

The 1999 growing season prompted Keenanís Chardonnay to ripen slowly and evenly, and we were able to harvest the fruit at optimum sugar and flavor levels. After pressing, the juice was chilled and allowed to settle before being placed in French oak barrels. Yeast was added to the juice and a barrel fermentation lasting twelve days followed. No secondary, or mallolactic, fermentation was carried out, leading to the crisp, citrus character of this wine. The Chardonnay was barrel aged in approximately fifty percent new oak barrels, and was left on its lees and stirred weekly. The wine was aged for nine months before it was bottled.

The finished wine shows citrus and ripe pear in the nose, yet tropical hints of pineapple are noticed as the wine opens up. The sur-lie aging has added complexity to the pear and crisp apple flavors, and plenty of oak character returns on the finish. Like all of Keenanís wines, this Chardonnay is a food worthy wine whose crisp acidity and medium body will accompany a wide variety of well-seasoned dishes.

"The '99 Chardonnay is beautiful. Made in the Burgundian Meursault style, this wine possesses perfect balance among bright, citrus fruit, a goodly portion of acidity and a ribbon of oak on the finish. Unlike a preponderance of California Chardonnays, it did not undergo any maloloactic fermentation in order to soften it. Still young, the wine will age 10-15 years."

--Alan Goldfarb, San Francisco's The Examiner

"Quite bright on the palate, with tangy lemom and mineral notes at the fore. This is a bracing Chardonay, very lean and refreshing, with lime and herb flavors on the clean finish."

--Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 15, 2001, 87 Points



2001 Jerry Mead's New World Wine International Competition

Silver Medal

2001 San Francisco Chronicle Northern California Wine Competition

Silver Medal

2001 Hilton Head Island Wine Festival
Silver Medal

Wine Enthusiast
87 Points



Total Acidity

0.67 grams/100mL



Residual Sugar


Bottling Date

May 25, 1999


1,560 cases

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