Chardonnay

Jul 082014
 
Alpha Omega Chardonnay Reserve 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $92 (S) – Rating 92

Alpha Omega Chardonnay Reserve 20112011 was one of the coolest growing seasons in recent Napa history allowing for a leaner and more elegant style. This Chardonnay is no exception. A lovely bouquet of red apple, wet stone and a little pear. The wine has a lush round texture with balanced acidity offering flavors of red apple, pear, Meyer Lemon, wet stone and spice with hints of caramel and vanilla. Tropical notes in the finish. Buy this Wine

Jul 042014
 
MacPhail Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012,  Sonoma County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 90

MacPhail Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012A lovely example of Sonoma coast Chardonnay. The enticing nose offers aromas of red apple, ripe pear and baking spice. Chablis in style, with only the barest use neutral oak results in a crisp Chardonnay with present and balanced acidity. Blended flavors of red apple, pear, Meyer lemon, pineapple and just a hint of butterscotch. Notes of tropicals in the long clean finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 022014
 
Corley Reserve Chardonnay 2012, Estate Grown – Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 91

Corley Reserve Chardonnay 2012Rich and full bodied while maintaining some juicy acidity. Aromas of red apple, caramel, vanilla and a touch of spice. The palate is treated to flavors of red delicious apple, ripe pear, tropicals, wet stone minerality and baking spices. Hints of caramel on the long finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jun 172014
 
C Donatiello Chardonnay Rowen’s Vineyard 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $38 – Rating 91

Aged for 10 months in French oak, this chardonnay is a real pleaser,C Donatiello Chardonnay Rowen's Vineyard 2012 offering a defined nose of baked red apple, cinnamon and pie spice. A round mouth-feel with balanced acidity. Flavors of ripe red apple, pear, ripe pineapple, Meyer lemon, Mexican vanilla and tropical notes. Citrus and minerality are focused in the finish. Buy This Wine

Jun 172014
 
La Rochelle Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2011, Morelli Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $65 (S) – Rating 91

A complex CharLa Rochelle Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2011donnay offering both a lush mouth-feel and crisp food pairing acidity. Gentle aromas of red delicious apple, ripe pineapple and vanilla give way to flavors of red apple, pineapple and pear with hints of citrus, baking spice and creme brulee. A pleasant touch on Meyer lemon in the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jun 032014
 
Wente Chardonnay 2012 Morning FogWente Chardonnay 2012 Morning Fog, Estate Grown, Livermore Valley, CA, $15 (S) – Rating 90

Balanced winemaking with 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral oak. A very soft mouth-feel with balanced acidity.  A nose of green apple, citrus and notes of honey. Flavors of ripe red apple, pear and citrus with hints of honeycomb, cinnamon spice, vanilla and yeasty pie crust. Buy This Wine

 

 

May 202014
 
Russian River VineyardsRussian River Vineyards Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma Coast, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 90

Aged in French oak creating a round and creamy mouth-feel with balanced acidity. Aromas of red apple, spice, ripe pear and toasty vanilla. The palate is greeted with typical Sonoma Coast flavors of red apple, pear, toasty vanilla and hints of caramel. Notes of tropicals and citrus highlight the finish. Buy This Wine

 

May 202014
 
Russian River Vineyards Chardonnay 2013Russian River Vineyards Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma Coast, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 91

A double Gold Medal winner and Best of Class in the North of the Gate Wine Competition. Opening bouquet includes ripe pear, honeysuckle, a bit of red apple with subtle notes of citrus and caramel. A surprisingly creamy, round mouth-feel with balanced acidity for a stainless steel Chardonnay offering flavors of red apple, caramel and minerality. a touch of vanilla and caramel on the finish. Buy This Wine

May 192014
 
Castello di Amorosa Chardonnay 2011Castello di Amorosa Chardonnay 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $28 (S) – Rating 90

For those who enjoy traditional California Chardonnay with oaky creaminess in the right proportions, this Chardonnay delivers. A nose of red apples and baking spice with hints of pie crust. Balanced acidity with a soft mouth-feel give way to flavors of red apple, pear and spice with subtle notes of toasty vanilla and caramel. Buy This Wine