Posts Tagged Chardonnay

2013 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

For three decades, this bottling has represented the archetypical style of “California Chardonnay.” Fat and opulent with good citrus acidity beneath it, the wine shows vanilla, clove and allspice infused in butter, joined by some oak spice and... Read more

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

This medium-bodied wine deftly melds its fruit and oak impressions, including apple, pear, light pineapple and hints of oak spice and butter. Nice and smooth with a kiss of buttered fruit in the finish, this is a solid house wine candidate that’s... Read more

2013 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

Refined and eminently drinkable, this is a rich and buttery — but not too buttery — wine that showcases notes of tropical fruit, clove and minerals. Beautifully balanced and not at all heavy handed, it would be a perfect companion to pork chops,... Read more

2013 MacPhail ‘Gap’s Crown’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Looking for a wine to sip while wrapping holiday presents? Look no further. This Chardonnay has a white pepper/mint/clove pop in the nose, part of a sweetly perfumed aroma that includes impressions of tropical flowers and Burgundian oak. It’s... Read more

2014 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Vintner’s Reserve, California

A brilliant straw hue. Butter toffee aromas and a note of vanilla cloak a mélange of honeyed tropical fruits. These fruits gain focus in the mouth, showing papaya, pineapple, and sweet mango. A kiss of honeyed butter toffee lingers at the finish.... Read more

2014 Wakefield ‘Jaraman’ Chardonnay, Australia

This wine shows a brilliant straw color in the glass. Light whiffs of vanilla and butter lead to ripe flavors of summer melon and white peach. On the palate, it is creamy and medium-bodied, with a good underlying acidity. Nearly half of the grapes... Read more

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