Posts Tagged ‘Chardonnay’

2013 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Chardonnay, Clare Valley, Australia

This wine, brilliant straw in hue, serves up substantial sweet, spicy wood, along with a hint of vanilla, some butter and lemon peel. Lush and palate coating, with opulent fruit and a nice streak of acidity to keep it fresh. On the finish, there’s… Read more

2012 Cambria Chardonnay, Katherine’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Brilliant straw color. Wood notes of smoke, vanilla, and toast frame bright pineapple, stone fruit, green apple, and sweet lemon. The wine is medium-full in the mouth, where the sweet fruit takes on a creamy texture. While a delight to drink now on… Read more

2012 Salentein Reserve Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina

The wine sports a brilliant pale yellow color with glints of green. Initial whiffs of light butter and vanilla cream pave the way to delicate white flowers, a note of citrus, and moderate apple fruit. Medium in body, it has a gentle mouth entry… Read more

2012 Frisson Chardonnay, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley

A brilliant straw hue. Perfumed scents of wild flowers and vanilla cream mix with pear, tropical fruit, and a note of citrus. The wine lightly coats the palate with butter-tinged fleshy fruit and a bit of roasted nuts, then echoes these with a… Read more

2011 Souverain Chardonnay, North Coast

Like many Chardonnay bottlings made in California, the first impression of this clear medium straw-hued wine comes from the malolactic fermentation it underwent and the oak barrels in which it was aged. Vanilla, butter, ripe apple, toast and baking… Read more

2012 La Crema Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Bright golden straw color. Perfumed aromas of white flowers, vanilla, butter, lemon/lime, and a note of apples lead to flavors of butter, baking spices, and tropical fruit. The wine coats the palate, but has bright acidity that keeps it fresh and… Read more

2012 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas of smoke, vanilla, and drawn butter frame rich spiced apple and peach fruit. There is good weight in the mouth, and it coats the palate with the spiced apple and peach fruit, picking up additional flavors of… Read more

2011 Patz & Hall ‘Zio Tony Ranch’ Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This wine, from the cool Green Valley area of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, has a smoky nose, joined by butter, tropical fruit and peach notes. Viscous and palate coating, it has a long, butter-tinged fruit finish. MSRP: $60 (February… Read more

2011 Domaine Raveneau Chablis, Burgundy, France

Raveneau is synonymous with Chablis, and this tightly wound, mineral-driven wine lives up to its name. Though young and still needing time to take on the kind of grandiosity that would define a great wine, it’s a superb example of the appellation…. Read more

2010 Ceritas Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Saline and bracingly mineral on the nose, like oysters, fresh cut grass and morning dew. On the palate, there’s tremendous length balanced with acidity and an almost savory, sea-inflected minerality that will pair perfectly with robust grilled fish…. Read more