2013 Chardonnay | Graef Wine | Winestyr

2013 Chardonnay

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Appellation: Oakville AVA

By: Graef Wine

In: Napa Valley, CA

750mL / 14.4% ABV

Winestyr Review

This unoaked Napa Chardonnay from a single vineyard in Yountville is so drinkable that we'd encourage having this around regularly for guests. This would also be a great wine to serve at a dinner party. This wine really highlights the fruit with some lemon and grassy notes headlined by luscious apple flavors and great acid. 333 cases produced.

What We Love

  • Balanced and refreshing
  • Great with food or on its own
  • Cool label

I love this wine because it's so pure and drinkable - great with food or to serve at a party


I tried this wine for the first time on a scorching hot day on the patio at one of Sonoma's best Mexican joints - El Mollino Central - and had the pleasure of chatting with winemaker, Andy Graef himself. On that day we tasted through a few of his wines and over an assortment of Mexican food and I was stunned that the wines were all complex and bold enough to stand up to the food, but also refreshing enough to keep me coming back for more on a hot day - it's amazing what good acid and balance can do.


Founded in 2011, Graef Wines is a micro-production winery that is part of the new guard of winemakers focusing on making food-friendly wines with as little winemaker intervention as possible. A true garagiste, winemaker Andy Graef (a former ad man), began making wine for himself in his garage. He honed is craft gleaning important insights from winemaking veterans. The resulting wines are pure expressions of the fruit and the locations whence they came and and refreshingly true to varietal. Already appearing on some of the country's best wine lists and earning praise from important critics and somms alike, we're proud to bring you this portfolio of micro-production wines.

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