LaTour Vineyards2004 Chardonnay
(Mount Veeder ~ Napa Valley)
Tom LaTour knows how to take a dream and execute it. As the Chairman and CEO of The Kimpton Group of Hotels & Restaurants, he has lots of practice. He also probably has lots of great wine at the cutting edge hospitality group’s small boutique hotels with chef-driven restaurants. Top notch chefs are the draw, but high level sommeliers are also brought in to create winning food and wine destinations as part of the allure. In Tom’s new venture he produces small lots of high quality wines from premium vineyards in both the Napa Valley and in Oregon.
Golden yellow and viscous, this delicious white has aromas of freshly baked apple pie, lemon meringue pie, lemon drop candy, violet, honey, and peach. On the palate the wine is round and silky, like chantilly cream, and has rich, honeyed and banana notes. The finish is dry and lemony. A wine as seductive as this would be a great choice as a cocktail on date night, but would be delicious with an omelette a la Celestine (with chicken breast, cream, and chopped parsley), turbot with leeks, duckling with lavender-honey and lemon, grilled lobster, or Chesire, a mild English cow’s milk cheese.
Reviewed July 10, 2007 by Catherine Fallis.
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(Mount Veeder ~ Napa Valley)Catherine Fallis 7/18/2007
Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.