Posts Tagged ‘Chardonnay’

2013 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay, Envoy, Carneros, Sonoma County

A clear, deep straw color. Prominent spicy oak aromas and toasted nuts lead to butter and then orange, nectarine, and tropical fruits. Good viscosity in the mouth, with well-knit flavors of ripe stone fruit, baking spices, hazelnut, and cream. This… Read more


2012 Patz & Hall ‘Hyde Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Carneros

Clear deep straw in color, this unfined and unfiltered wine is already throwing tartrate “wine crystals.” In the nose, high-toned baking spices and butter intermingle with a scent of orange extract. The initial palate impression is viscous and… Read more


2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Lightly perfumed, with subtle green apple and sweet honey aromas. The wine is more expansive in the mouth, with a note of sponge cake emerging. A nicely balanced wine, and while it doesn’t seem that big in the nose and mouth, the finish lingers… Read more


2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Minnesota Cuvee’ Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

The “Minnesota” refers to the source of the oak used to make the barrels in which this cuvee was aged — the winemaker’s home state. Clear straw in color, the lightly perfumed wine has forward toast and spice flavors, neatly framing apple… Read more


2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Single Deck’ Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Clear straw in hue, this easy-drinking wine is defined by its spicy wood component, joined by apple and pear notes. MSRP: $30 (November 2014) Wine Lines rating:… Read more


2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Island Block’ Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

Clear straw in color, this wine exudes warm butter-kissed apple, joined by impressions of stone fruit, tropical fruit, vanilla and baking spices. Medium-full in the mouth, with the ripe buttered fruit carrying through to the moderately long finish…. Read more


Old Friends: Sonoma-Cutrer and Winemaker Mick Schroeter

By Glen Frederiksen For thirty years, I have followed my wine muse. She has taken me to wine education classes, to wineries all over the world, to numerous wine clubs and tasting groups, to dozens of wine dinners, and many wine tasting events…. Read more


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