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2012 KARIA


The name KARIA (KAR-ee-ah) is derived from the Greek word meaning graceful, and the 2012 KARIA Chardonnay lives up to its moniker. It shows how grapes from select cool-climate vineyards in southern Napa Valley can be vinified and blended into a seamless integration of fresh-fruit aromas and flavors, crisp acidity and subtle oak spice. Light and graceful: that’s KARIA.

Vineyards & Winemaking

KARIA comes from a tapestry of vineyards in and south of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The foundation for this blend is the ARCADIA VINEYARD in the Coombsville AVA in southern Napa Valley and Danika Ranch, our estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District. Vineyards in Carneros, which are cooled in the mornings and evenings by breezes sweeping north from San Pablo Bay, also contribute to the blend. This air conditioner effect allows grapes to retain natural acidity – which gives wine its refreshment quotient – yet warm afternoons during the growing season allow for slow, steady fruit maturation.

ARCADIA VINEYARD brings perfume and delicate fruit characters while Danika Ranch provides bright, juicy apple and pear personality to the blend. The Carneros fruit contributes citrus and mineral notes. The fruit was picked early in the morning to keep it cool and then was whole cluster pressed to preserve the freshness. Oak and malolactic fermentation were used in moderation to accent, rather than overwhelm, the fruit.

Tasting Notes

Video Tasting Notes

This graceful Napa Valley Chardonnay opens with aromas of pear and apple along with a subtle spice note. The wine has a soft entry and crisp finish with hints of vanilla. There is a nice balance to the acidity and minerality that enhances the freshness and elegance of this wine. Try pairing this medium-bodied Chardonnay with seared scallops with lemon zest, Dungeness crab cakes, or roast chicken.


2012 Vintage
90 Points
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Past Vintage Fact Sheets


Napa Valley
100% Chardonnay
Total Acidity:
0.52 g/100 mL
Barrel Aging:
9 months sur lies
20% new oak
85% barrel
15% stainless steel tank
Malolactic Fermentation:
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