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95pt Lloyd Cellars Chardonnay Carneros Napa Valley 2015

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How special is today’s Chardonnay? Rob Lloyd’s absurdly great skills helped guide Rombauer from a small, critically-acclaimed label to an internationally-known powerhouse. He has now returned to his boutique roots with his own eponymous label, and while his winemaking address has changed, his mind-blowing skill set has remained on point. This must-have label is a phenomenal testimony to his exceptional prowess. A decadent vixen unmistakably rich, yet it is exquisitely balanced by just the right touch of complex fruity essence. Anyone that loves Napa Chardonnay should nab this label post haste.

About the wine

The Carneros appellation is the gold standard when it comes to churning out Napa Chardonnay grapes. So it should be no surprise that a Chard-crafting genius like Rob Lloyd pays a visit to the critically lauded AVA to gather fruit for his eponymous label’s brilliant gem. This is a bold beauty showing some enticing notes of tropical fruits, pear, and apple propel the journey from nose to full-bodied palate, where they’re lovingly enveloped with a decadent coat of vanilla and toasty oak. Supple tannins lead to a powerful, mouthwatering finish. A Chardonnay that is essential for even the most discerning of Chard snobs.

Winemaker: Rob Lloyd
95 pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced
- 4.5/5.0 Vivino Users, 70 Reviews
Grapes: Chardonnay
Vineyards: Sangiacomo Vineyard, Truchard Vineyard
ABV: 12.5%

About the winery & vineyards

For Rob Lloyd, launching Lloyd Cellars was like hitting the reset button. After all, prior to starting his eponymous gig, his viticultural wizardry had transformed Rombauer from a humble little family-owned property to a big-time mover and shaker on the Napa playing field. Lloyd Cellars finds Rob getting back to the boutique winery roots he planted when he started at Rombauer, even going as far as sourcing exquisite fruit from the same vineyards he called upon back in the day. And while the place where Rob is making his wines has changed, what’s remained constant is his ability to create mind-bending Chardonnays are essential to anyone that dares to fancy themselves as a genuine Napa Chard fan.

About the winemaker

Wine was a dinnertime fixture for Rob Lloyd’s family when he was young. To him, the bottle symbolized joie de vivre; eventually, these fond memories spurred a passionate desire to jump into the winemaking business. It’s safe to say he’s taken a deep dive. Indeed, his remarkable resume reads like a “who’s-who” of Napa greatness, as it’s dotted with stints at Cakebread, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, La Crema, and Rombauer Vineyards. Rob’s critically acclaimed reputation as a winemaking guru and a Chardonnay savant ascended to bona fide cult status at the latter locale, which he helped guide from a boutique property to a major player in the Napa wine scene.

95 pts, Alex Casella, WSET Advanced

"Straw gold color with classic Carneros nose of ripe fruits and briny scents. Bold golden apple, pear and nectarine flavors jump out the glass followed by nuanced aromas of nutmeg, ground spice, hints of vanilla and yellow flowers that draw you in. The palate delivers abundant fruits consisting of baked apple, lemon curd, orange marmalade and a refreshing acid finish. Lots going on here for new world and old world chardonnay advocates. Enjoy now or over the next 3 years"



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One of Napa’s Greatest Chardonnay Producers
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Rombauer Former Winemaker Rob Lloyd continues to produce unmistakably decadent and ultra popular chardonnays in a much smaller scale under his own label.
Rombauer Former Winemaker Rob Lloyd continues to produce unmistakably decadent and ultra popular chardonnays in a much smaller scale under his own label.
Former Rombauer Winemaker
Chard Guru Rob Lloyd’s Own Label
100% Sourced from Top Carneros Vineyards
2017-4-16 23:59:00 -08:00:00
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95 / 100
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