Posts Tagged Chardonnay

2013 Decoy Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Frankly, some Chardonnays — particularly from California — can be a bit heavy during the hot summer months. Not this one. Medium straw in hue, it evokes marshmallow-vanilla, a vague hint of butter, apple and light butterscotch in the finish. And... Read more

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

While Wente’s historic home is California’s Livermore Valley, the family also has a well-sited vineyard in the Arroyo Seco area of Monterey County, which has proven to be an ideal setting for growing Chardonnay. The 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay... Read more

2014 Wente ‘Eric’s’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

The Wente family has been making wine in California for a long time — including America’s first varietally-labeled Chardonnay in 1936. Today, fourth-generation winegrower Eric Wente prefers the “unoaked” style, and that’s why this wine... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Bright medium straw in hue, this wine shows toasty oak, smoke and some butter in the nose, leading to plump tropical fruit in the mouth. It’s a workhorse, value-priced wine that would pair nicely with simple fare such a grilled chicken or a turkey... Read more

2013 Hess Select Chardonnay, Monterey County

Looking for a “house white” for your house? It would be hard to beat this easy-drinking Chardonnay from Monterey County. Vivid medium-straw in color, it has alluring aromas of sweet lemon, butter, vanilla and baking spices. Tropical fruit notes... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Grand Reserve, California

Classic scents of butter, vanilla, and spiced oak frame sweet lemon curd and plush tropical fruit. The flavors are already knit together, and the wine is broad and palate-coating, exhibiting a rosewater unctuousness. Year after year, winemaster... Read more

‘Midnight Wine (White Lies and Cold Chardonnay)’

By Bob Johnson I’m probably the only person in the audience who remembers what Tom Russell said just before he opened his second set at Austin’s cherished Cactus Café on the University of Texas campus a few years ago. I describe the café... Read more

2013 Cambria Chardonnay, Katherine’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Sporting a brilliant straw color in the glass, initial whiffs reveal layers of butter, spice, and smoke wrapped around baked apples, lemon oil, and stone fruit aromas of nectarine and white peach. The wine is medium-full in the mouth, with a plump,... Read more

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Vivid straw in color. Layered scents of sweet lemon, vanilla, white peach, buttery shortbread, and spice prove seductive. In the mouth, the wine has a medium-full body, with palate-coating buttered apple and woodspice carrying all the way to the... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke Chardonnay ‘Streamside,’ Santa Rita Hills

The color is a deep straw shade. Despite the obvious weight of the wine, the aromas are delicate at first, evoking comparisons to Grand Cru Burgundy. Wisps of smoke and butter give way to perfumed flowers, white nectarine, and lemon curd. Most... Read more