Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thralls Family Cellars 2013 Chardonnay Antonio Mountain

I knew Ed Thralls from the wine blogging community.  He had a blog called "WineTonight," but we met in person in 2010 when a few of us took a hike in Napa. It was the 3 hour tour. Yes, it turned into a 6 hour hike.

Ed had just relocated to the Napa area from Atlanta to begin following his dream, producing his own wine.  Well, I must say it didn't take him to long to realize his dream.  Congratulations Ed! I'm real proud of you.

Of course I had to purchase some of his wine and try it. Boy did I like it and can't wait to taste the other selections.

The 2013 Thralls Family Cellars Chardonnay came from a vineyard in the Antonio Mountain Vineyard located in the Petaluma Gap. There were only 74 cases of this Chardonnay made.

The wine was aged in 50% neutral oak barrels and 50% stainless steel for 8 months.  It went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was aged 8 months before bottling in September of 2014. 

Aromas of Anjou pear, a citrus blend and a touch of butter filled the glass.  One sip and both Paul and I had smiles on our faces.  Well done! Flavors of red apple, Anjou pear,, creamy and delicate with just the right balance.

The wine was paired with Butternut Squash Ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce served over a bed of greens. Perfect pairing at that!

Unfortunately Thralls is only sold at select stores in California. But the god news is you can order from his website and the UPS man can deliver it.

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