Posts Tagged Chardonnay

2014 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

A brilliant straw color in the glass. Wood scents of smoke and vanilla join with butter notes from full malolactic fermentation to neatly frame the plump peach, sweet lemon, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Quite mouth-filling, it has a juicy... Read more

These Snakes Won’t Bite: The Return of Diamondback Vineyards

By Bob Johnson Diamondback is back. John Quinones introduced Diamondback with the 1999 vintage, and kept the label going for three additional vintages. Being a full-time winemaker left little time for his own project, however, so Quinones... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards Chardonnay, Oregon

A first impression of bright apple gives way to kiwi and tropical fruit notes as this fresh and creamy wine opens up. Still a “toddler,” Burgundian in mouthfeel, and gradually transforming into a more viscous style of Chardonnay. The finish is... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Brilliant medium straw color. The welcoming nose delivers brash Meyer lemon zest, followed by light white-fleshed fruits, all neatly wrapped in spiced butter and cream. It’s palate-coating, with a long, mineral-driven finish that echoes the rich... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Block 10 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a brilliant, deep straw color. With a swirl and a sniff, the nose transports the taster to a time 25 years in the past – a happy time, when winemakers delivered pleasing Chardonnays full of baked apple pie aromas (complete with... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

A surprisingly deep, clear, yellow straw color in the glass. Butter and baking spices cloak ample ripe scents of orange and cream (think Dreamsickle), honeydew, baked apple, and ripe stone fruit. Despite the richness of the nose and the buttered... Read more

2014 Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

A brilliant straw color in the glass. This is classic California Chardonnay – rich aromas and flavors of ripe peach, fleshy tropical fruits, and honeyed floral notes, all wrapped up in a cloak of buttery shortbread and spice from oak aging. It... Read more

2013 Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Camelot Highlands, Santa Maria Valley

The Jackson Estate wines represent special bottlings from a specific appellation. For over forty years, the Santa Maria benchlands and hillsides have been producing world class Chardonnay. This one displays a clear, deep straw color. Lashings of... Read more

2014 Murphy-Goode Chardonnay, California

Not every California Chardonnay aspires to be a Grand Cru white Burgundy. Some are made to be straightforward, gulpable, and priced for everyday consumption. That was the philosophy of winemaker David Ready, Jr. when he crafted this bottling, and it... Read more

2014 Wakefield ‘Promised Land Unwooded’ Chardonnay, South Australia

Ever been to apple country during the harvest season? If so, you’ll never forget the sweet perfumed aroma in the air. This wine’s nose replicates that experience. In the mouth, a bit of slatiness and lemon zest lead to a sun-drenched apple... Read more