Posts Tagged ‘Chardonnay’

2012 Dry Creek Chardonnay, Block 10, Russian River Valley

Brilliant straw color. Initial aromas of smoky oak and buttered toast pull back to reveal cream and moderate white peach, apple, and green tropical fruits. In the mouth, the creamy fruit spreads out, picking up a note of cinnamon. This Chardonnay is… Read more

2013 Wente ‘Riva Ranch’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Clear straw color with an occasional light green glint. The nose shows an ample concentration of ripe apple and stone fruit, with notes of brown spices, vanilla, and butter. The juicy, spiced fruit expands in the mouth, finishing with a kiss of… Read more

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Clear straw color. The perfumed nose delivers white flowers, citrus, notes of stone fruit, vanilla, and butter. It is lively in the mouth, picking up hints of green apple. Medium in weight, this is not an over-extracted, over-oaked Chardonnay…. Read more

2012 Byron Chardonnay, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Brilliant deep straw color. Scents of smoke, toast, butter, and vanilla cloak the ample sweet citrus, apple, and pear fruit. A mouth-filling wine, the buttered fruit coats the palate. It is perfectly structured, showing trademark minerality. This… Read more

2012 Byron Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

This nicely balanced wine showcases tiers of flavors, including vanilla, butter, not-quite-ripe pineapple, poached apple and baking spices. Its finish echoes the butter and spiced fruit impressions, a nod to the nine months that the wine spent in… Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Highlands Bench’ Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands

There are examples of red and white winegrape varieties being blended with sublime results. In France’s Rhone Valley, a splash of Viognier often is added to Syrah. In the world of sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are common blending… Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘October Night’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Young wines that utilize a good deal of new French oak in their aging regimen — in this case, nearly half of the barrels — often present themselves in “parts.” You can taste the oak… then you can taste some fruit… then you may taste some… Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Arroyo Vista’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Lush and complex, the nose offers up aromas of buttered toast, baking spices, ripe apple, peach and lemon zest. There’s a full, palate-coating viscosity in the mouth, leaving a lingering spiced butter afterflavor, while a good thread of citric… Read more

2013 Avant Chardonnay, California

Clear straw color. Moderate scents of citrus, green apple, and pineapple lead to a medium-bodied, rounded mouthfeel that is more fruit-forward. This is an excellent aperitif wine, as it goes down oh-so-easily. MSRP: $17 (May 2014) Wine Lines… Read more

2012 Ledson Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

David Ramey has developed something of a cult following among wine lovers, and his work for Ledson demonstrates why. Breathe in the aroma of this Chardonnay, and visions of pineapple upside-down cake may dance in your head, with its baking spice,… Read more