The name Karia is derived from the Greek word meaning graceful, and this Chardonnay certainly 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.
Karia comes from a tapestry of vineyards in and south of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The Arcadia vineyards 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. This graceful Chardonnay opens with aromas of peach, yellow apple, spice and a pleasing sweet cream vanilla note.
The wine has a soft entry with citrus and light honey notes that lead to a lingering sweet lemon finish. 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 grilled whole fish with lemons and capers, seared scallops drizzled with lemon-infused olive oil, or roast chicken. (from the vintner)