Posts Tagged ‘Chardonnay’

MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir

MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir

By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to… Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Brilliant medium straw in color, with green highlights, this focused wine oozes smoky oak and clarified butter aromas, leading to flavors of poached pear, baking spice and peach. It really sweetens up in the mouth, and has a long, palate-coating… Read more

2013 Carmel Road ‘Unoaked’ Chardonnay, Monterey

The “Unoaked” designation provides an opportunity to taste what Chardonnay grapes smell and taste like without the addition of aromas and flavors provided by oak barrels, staves or chips. In this case, Carmel Road has crafted a light, easy… Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard, Russian River Valley

You’re in for a Rued awakening when you smell this wine — and we mean that in a good way. Anyone familiar with Chardonnay clones would take one whiff of this Searby Vineyard bottling and know that the vineyard is planted with the Rued clone —… Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

When it comes to Chardonnay, most renditions are rich and fat (the favored style in California for the last two decades of the 20th century) or bright and refreshing (embraced by most Burgundian vintners). Rare is the Chardonnay that manages to… Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This is considered Migration’s flagship wine, although not in the sense that one associates the term “flagship” with, say, Kendall-Jackson’s “Vintner’s Reserve” Chardonnay. Whereas K-J seeks to emulate a house style vintage after… Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Although the broad “Sonoma Coast” AVA is listed on the label, this wine was made from grapes grown in a single vineyard in Green Valley — a small AVA within the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Green Valley is the coolest growing… Read more

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