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SIX 750mL BOTTLES
Winery: Jarvis Estate
Region: California - Napa Valley
Wine Style: White - Buttery and Complex
Food Pairing: Pork, Rich fish (salmon, tuna, etc), Vegetarian, Chicken, Mushrooms
Reviews: 92 Points Robert Parker, 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Winemaker Notes & Critical Acclaim:
The Jarvis 2017 Estate Chardonnay presents a delicate golden, straw-like color. Layers of brioche and honey commingle with vibrant pineapple and mango in the glass. There is a richness to the wine as a result of spending 12 months in new Burgundy French oak barrels with sur-lie aging. This regimen gives the wine subtle notes of toasted wood and vanillian which complement the tropical aromatics. On the palate you will find it to be refreshing and crisp, as well as being simultaneously voluptuous on the finish to the very end. - Winemaker Note
The 2017 Chardonnay sings of ripe Bosc pears, white peaches and pink grapefruit with touches of almond croissant and lime blossoms. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals a pleasant oiliness to the texture and oodles of freshness lifting the ripe peach and pear flavors to a long finish. - 92 Points Robert Parker
This wine has barrel-informed creaminess and rich flavors of caramel and crème brûlée. Thick and layered, it imparts golden elements of apple and pear with an underlying hint of brine and oyster shell that complement and freshen. - 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
About The Producer:
William Jarvis was born in Oklahoma, a dry state! It wasn't until the Navy took him to California that he enjoyed wine for the first time, and he probably appreciated it more at that time than those who grew up with wine.
After attending Annapolis and serving in the Navy, William continued his studies in both technical and liberal arts for eight more years at the University of California Berkeley, Stanford, and various French universities. Turning to business, he headed his own telecommunications company in Silicon Valley.
Leticia Jarvis was born in Puebla, Mexico where she finished her college degree and met William.
After their marriage, William and Leticia traveled and studied abroad, finally adopting France as a part-time residence. For many years, they maintained a Louis XIV Chateau in the Vesle Valley near Reims in Northern France. The two spent time at French universities concentrating in their shared interest, French literature. William and Leticia also enjoyed the many wines found in the different regions they visited, eventually gravitating to the fine Bordeaux reds and Montrachet whites.
Not to neglect Leticia's Spanish culture, Leticia, William and their young son William, spent summer months in Spain. There they studied Spanish literature at Salamanca, the oldest university in Spain, and also came to appreciate Spanish wines and Zarzuela (Spanish Opera).
The two eventually acquired a weekend estate in Napa and slowly immersed themselves in the culture of winemaking. They first spent time studying how to best plant a vineyard. Next came a careful 10 years nurturing the vineyard and finally the winery itself. Built underground to provide the desired cool, humid conditions, the winery utilizes a combination of rotary fermenters and classic oak cuves from Cognac to help create the Jarvis Estate signature style of wines.
Another important activity is a music conservatory the Jarvis' founded in the Napa Valley. Housed in a 100-year-old stone winery building, the Conservatory conducts master classes in the various arts that comprise operas. Their annual opera workshops culminated in area-wide “Festivals of the Zarzuela” bringing Spanish opera to the United States. A Baroque Dance Workshop followed. Leticia is now bringing new art film presentations to Napa including current European opera productions via the internet and presented in High-Definition. Other activities of the Jarvis Conservatory include workshops and performance for the annual Puppet Festival, as well as the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.
Both Jarvis Estate and the Jarvis Conservatory draw upon a lifetime of education and are part of the Jarvis’ celebration of their lives passions.