Posts Tagged ‘Chardonnay’

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


2012 Ledson Chardonnay, Carneros

This creamy wine showcases notes of apple and pear, along with a hint of citrus. A quintessential sipping wine, crafted by David Ramey. MSRP: $36 (April 2014) Wine Lines rating:… Read more


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