Flat Top Hills 2021 Buttery Chardonnay, CA ($14)
by Andrew Chalk
FROM THE WIRES…
For Immediate Release
Flat Top Hills Expands Line-Up with Buttery Chardonnay
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Napa, CA, April 18, 2022 – Flat Top Hills is introducing a lush new Buttery Chardonnay this spring, the first ever line extension for the winery. Conceived by the fourth generation of the C. Mondavi family, Flat Top Hills is known for approachable wines with a modern sensibility and a deep winemaking tradition.
Rich, round and lush, the voluptuous new wine is fruit-forward, with layers of baked apple and pear, along with crème brûlée and vanilla. The mouthfeel is opulent, thanks to malolactic fermentation, and French oak adds toasty notes. Primary growing regions include the family’s own vineyards in the Dunnigan Hills, along with fruit from long-term partners in Monterey and Lodi. Flat Top Hills also offers a bright Chardonnay with zesty acidity and more flavors of tropical fruit.
“Chardonnay is such a chameleon – our original Flat Top Hills is more crisp, so together, head winemaker Randy Herron and I wanted to explore a richer, fuller style,” said Angelina Mondavi, consulting winemaker and member of the fourth generation of the C. Mondavi family. “Making these two wines side by side allows us to highlight the beautiful complexity of the Chardonnay grape, while the specific oak regimes and fermentation styles lead to a completely different finished wine.”