Posts Tagged Chardonnay

2013 Cambria Chardonnay, Katherine’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Sporting a brilliant straw color in the glass, initial whiffs reveal layers of butter, spice, and smoke wrapped around baked apples, lemon oil, and stone fruit aromas of nectarine and white peach. The wine is medium-full in the mouth, with a plump,... Read more

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Vivid straw in color. Layered scents of sweet lemon, vanilla, white peach, buttery shortbread, and spice prove seductive. In the mouth, the wine has a medium-full body, with palate-coating buttered apple and woodspice carrying all the way to the... Read more

2012 Sea Smoke Chardonnay ‘Streamside,’ Santa Rita Hills

The color is a deep straw shade. Despite the obvious weight of the wine, the aromas are delicate at first, evoking comparisons to Grand Cru Burgundy. Wisps of smoke and butter give way to perfumed flowers, white nectarine, and lemon curd. Most... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode Chardonnay, California

Murphy-Goode makes both Alexander Valley- and Russian River Valley-designated bottlings of Chardonnay that cost about twice as much as this California-designated wine, which reminded us of some of the Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnays... Read more

2013 McIntyre Estate Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands

Although this is a young wine, all the flavors and aromas have already melded together in harmony. It’s a full-throttle California Chardonnay, exhibiting rich nose impressions of smoke, toast, spice and butter, all wrapped around light scents of... Read more

2013 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Ah! Our noses and palates took a trip down memory lane with each sniff and sip of this wine. It is delightfully perfumed and aromatic, mixing together sweet, almost honeyed, impressions of tropical fruit and pear with notes of butter, brioche, and... Read more

2013 Silver Palm Chardonnay, North Coast

The North Coast appellation in California encompasses the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, and this is the source for this user-friendly white. Bright straw in color, it displays moderate scents of vanilla, butter, and woodspice, all wrapped... Read more

2013 Arrowood Chardonnay, Sonoma County

In the glass, it is a brilliant straw color. The nose is classic Arrowood – spicy oak, vanilla, and butter scents lead to ripe apple and plump tropical fruit, with just a touch of sweet citrus. It is expansive in the mouth, leaving a creamy... Read more

2014 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills

Brilliant pale straw color. Inviting aromas of subtle baking spices, white flowers, green apple, peach, and saline minerality waft from the glass. These flavors follow through on the palate, picking up a lingering note of nougat at the finish. This... Read more

2013 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley/Adelaide Hills, Australia

This wine initially shows sweet vanillin oak, a bit of smoke and a wisp of pear. More fruit emerges in the mouth as ripe pear fruit comes to the fore. A kiss of buttered toffee lingers in the finish. A cool-climate wine that would be a nice... Read more