Silver Buckle Lodi Chardonnay 2011

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Jan 132013
2011 Silver Buckle Lodi Chardonnay, CA, $18 (S) – Rating 90

Served at a get-together of wine lovers, this Chardonnay was a big hit. Creamy without being flabby. Lush tropicals on the nose, pineapple, ripe pear and a hint of green apple. A round mouth-feel with a subtle hint of sweetness and zippy acidity. Flavors of tropicals,  green apple, ripe pineapple and pear with notes of minerality. Buy This Wine

Buena Vista Winery Chardonnay 2009

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Jan 132013
2009 Buena Vista Winery Chardonnay, Carneros, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 4.0

A lush full mouth-feel (typical Carneros Chardonnay body) with plenty of acidity to keep things interesting, especially at the $20 price point. An intriguing nose of apple, pear and citrus with notes of caramel and a hint of nuttiness. The palate is treated to flavors of pear and pineapple with added notes of caramel and minerality. Great with food or as a stand-alone sipper. Buy This Wine

Jan 022013
2011 Inman Family Russian River Valley Chardonnay, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 91

This Chardonnay offers a lovely combination of rich flavors and crisp acidity. The nose of baked apples and ripe pineapple gives way to flavors of ripe red apple, roasted pineapple, Meyer lemon and intriguing minerality with a hint of creaminess. As the wine opens, subtle yet complex notes of vanilla and caramel dance in the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 262012
2010 Lange Twins Winery and Vineyards Chardonnay, Estate Grown, Clarksburg, CA, $15 (S) – Rating 89

Rich aromas of green apple and pear with notes of citrus and baking spice. A lean mouth-feel with zippy acidity offering flavors of pineapple, tropicals, green apple and Meyer lemon. Notes of oaky vanilla and minerality complete the finish. An easy drinking Chardonnay. Buy This Wine

Nov 132012
2011 Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay, Mendocino County, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 91

From 100% organically grown grapes. 70% of the wine is fermented in oak with the balance in stainless steel, creating a combination of depth and crispness. Aromas abound of ripe pineapple with notes of butterscotch. Clean flavors include red apple and buttery caramel with notes of Meyer lemon. Well balanced acidity with just a hint of sweetness. A long finish of red apple and intriguing minerality. Buy This Wine