This is also part of the same project from Brent Sloan - he was the GM at Outpost for many years where he got to work with one of Napa's most famous winemakers, Thomas Rivers Brown.
Rapport vs Preciado?
Rapport is the new name of the label/brand as there was a conflict with another brand and Brent decided it was early enough days to just go ahead and change up before the word gets out. Good thing as these guys are on the cusp of something big with these excellent world-class wines!
Farmed from a single vineyard site within Napa’s Oak Knoll district, the wine opens with aromas of apricot, pear and citrus peel. Flavors of crisp apple, Bartlett pear and lemon lead with balanced acidity and freshness finishing off the palate. Though expressive and flavorful, this more restrained and delicate style of Chardonnay reflects the cooler climate of our southern Napa vineyard.
With just a tiny portion of malo(lactic) done on this wine, it is fresh, pure and dazzlingly pure on the palate! I tasted this a few weeks ago and this is for sure more Burgundy in style, using mostly neutral oak with just 10% lightly tasted new French oak. Juicy and fresh pear, apple, Meyer lemon, and a nice accent of a clay mineral note akin to wet pottery clay, and a slight hint of hazelnut hint at that minute use of the new oak. Fresh, med/med+ in body, with a long fruit and mineral finish, this will go 4-7 years in the cellar no problem, if you can hang on to it that long!
Important News from Preciado:
"We are beyond thrilled to mention that this past Saturday (Feb 2019) a 5 case auction lot of our upcoming 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $12,000 ($200 per bottle). Benefiting charity, the Premiere Napa Valley auction brings some of the most discerning trade buyers (restaurants and retailers) from throughout the US and the world to Napa Valley. The amount our wine sold for eclipsed some very well established Napa brands and we couldn’t be happier. Our entire winemaking team works hard to bring you Napa’s best fruit and bottle it at a reasonable price."
Napa Valley: Oak Knoll District
6 Months in 10% New French Oak (Ermitage, Baron, Remond)
WINE GROWER NOTES
The fruit for our Rapport 2018 Chardonnay comes from a small block nestled in a cooler pocket of southern Oak Knoll. The site consistently produces a lean, crisp expression of Chardonnay that is more closely associated in style to that of its European counterparts. With little new French oak to hold the fruit back, the wine shows more of the mineral-driven flavors of our vineyard.
Farmed from a single vineyard site within Napa’s Oak Knoll district, the wine opens with aromas of apricot, pear and citrus peel. Flavors of crisp apple, Bartlett pear and lemon lead with balanced acidity and freshness finishing o the palate. Though expressive and flavorful, this more restrained and delicate style of Chardonnay reflects the cooler climate of our southern Napa vineyard.
$34.99 on 3+ use code 'rapport'