Posts Tagged Chardonnay

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This wine was barrel fermented, and then spent eight months in French oak barrels, a third of which were being filled for the first time. Yet there’s nary a hint of oak in the aromas or flavors of this fruit-forward wine. Rather, it shows off... Read more

2014 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Margaret Valley, Australia

Wakefield sources fruit from two distinct areas for two distinct reasons for this wine. The grapes from Margaret River provide “restraint and elegance,” while the Clare Valley grapes provide “mid-palate freshness.” The result is a Chardonnay... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay, North Coast

Medium straw in color, this is a simple, inoffensive rendition of Chardonnay, with Gage plum, a slathering of butter and some oak-tinged flavors in the background. Impressions of buttered fruit and baking spice linger on the finish. MSRP: $14... Read more

2014 Sonoma Collection District 3 ‘Growers Reserve’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

When a winery or vintner makes the decision to eschew oak barrel aging, they're taking a calculated risk: Without the aromas and flavors imparted by oak, the aromas and flavors of the grapes must stand on their own. Well, that “risk” turned out... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

The wine displays a golden straw color in the glass. Smoked butter and vanilla cream complement the honeyed stone fruit and fleshy tropical fruit aromas and flavors. It enters the mouth full and viscous, then becomes more refined and lady-like after... Read more

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