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Wine: Bighorn Cellars 2004 Chardonnay, Camelback Vineyard (Carneros ~ Los Carneros)

Bighorn Cellars

2004 Chardonnay, Camelback Vineyard
(Carneros ~ Los Carneros)

In 1992 Bill “William” Hill sold the namesake winery he had founded almost a decade and half earlier. The winery’s reputation was built on Bill’s knack for developing premium hillside vineyards at a time when others looked to the more fertile valley floor. In 1994 Bill founded Bighorn Cellars along with co-proprietor Richard Wollack, whose background in real estate investment is a marriage made in heaven. Together with winemaker Don Baker they are turning out a stable of well-crafted, balanced, and fairly priced wines. Don’s approach is to let nature take its course, and to let his wines express varietal purity without the heavy-handed use of oak or winemaking techniques.

The 300-acre Camelback Vineyard in Los Carneros, the southernmost vineyard in Napa Valley, has gravelly, well-drained soils as opposed to the more common clay, along with the typical maritime climate of the AVA. 40-acres serve as the main source for this bright, yellow-gold Chardonnay. With buttercream, honey, and bosc pear aromas, medium body, sweet, ripe, vivacious fruit on the palate, and a clean, lemony finish, this is a refreshing change of pace in Napa Chardonnay.

Reviewed October 20, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.

The Wine

Winery: Bighorn Cellars
Vineyard: Camelback Vineyard
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Chardonnay
Appellation: Carneros ~ Los Carneros
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $22.00

Review Date: 10/20/2006

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

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.