Jul 292011
2009 Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay, Unoaked, Central Coast CA  $13 – Rating 88

Note: We previously gave this wine a poor rating… but it appears we had a bad bottle… Glad we bought 2.

A full-flavored unoaked/non-malolactic Chardonnay. Beautiful flavors of tropical fruits, ripe pineapple, melon, citrus with a rich mouth-feel with hints of honeycomb on the finish. The clean flavors will appeal to fans of “naked Chardonnays” while the full fruit expression is big enough to satisfy an oak leaning palate.

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Jul 272011
2010 Round Hill Chardonnay, California, $8 (S) – Rating 88

An outstanding value Chardonnay. Nice rich and round flavors apricot, baked apple, pear and Meyer lemon with a hint of creamy vanilla spice. Round Hill Chardonnay has enough texture and acidity to pair well with fish, chicken and shell fish. Sure to be a patio party favorite.

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Jun 182011
2009 Common Dog Chardonnay, Sonoma County, CA, $18 (S) – Rating 90

Common Dog is a beautiful Chardonnay at a great price. Nothing dogged about this wine, it’s just doggone good. OK enough silliness. Well balanced acidity with flavors of citrus, pineapple, red apple, honey and crème. Tastes more like a $25 wine. Order directly from Common Dog Wines

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Jun 102011
2009 The Crusher Chardonnay, Clarksburg, CA, $13 (S) – Rating 86

The Crusher Chardonnay sports a richness found in more expensive wines. Round flavors of toasty caramel, vanilla crème brûlée and melted butter marry nicely with notes of  pear and grilled pineapple. While rich (but not a butter-bomb), this is a balanced wine with enough minerality and acidity to pair well with food.

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Jun 082011
2007 Cinnabar Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 91

A yummy lean medium-bodied Chardonnay from Cinnabar Winery. An excellent blend of acidity and fruit for a stand-alone sipper or a foodie wine. Delicious combinations of red apple, citrus and pear with a hint of vanilla Crème brûlée on the finish. Barrel and partial malolactic fermentations add to the complexity without overpowering.

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