Feb 032015
Romililly Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $32 (S) – Rating 90

Romililly Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012For those who enjoy the flavors “traditional” California Chardonnay in a crisper style, this one is a winner. Bouquet of caramel apple, creme and baking spice. Lush and creamy on the palate balanced acidity. Interesting flavor transition from red apple on the front palate to green apple on the back palate in addition to notes of pineapple, pear, oaky vanilla and caramel with a touch of pie crust. Buy This Wine


Dec 102014
Mercy Vineyards Chardonnay Riverbed 2012, Arroyo Seco, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 91

Mercy Vineyards Chardonnay Riverbed 2012A beautifully balanced chardonnay with a delicate nose of red apple, citrus and hints of wet stone. Barrel fermented and aged in French Oak (20% new) creating just enough acidity in the round mouth-feel. On the palate, flavors of red apple, pear, Meyer lemon, vanilla and pie spice. A super-long finish offering notes of nutty caramel and brioche. Buy This Wine

Nov 042014
Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2012, Rued Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $50 – Rating 93

Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay100% French oak barrel fermented with full secondary malolactic fermentation. Robust aromas of baked apples, tropicals and spice with a hint of creaminess. A lush mouth-feel with very balanced acidity. Red apple, pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors with notes of baking spice, minerality and crème brulee. Delicious hints of toffee apples in the finish. Buy This Wine


Nov 042014
Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $28 (S) – Rating 89

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2012Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak without malolactic fermentation. The result is a plush mouth-feel with balanced acidity with no buttery popcorn to overwhelm. The nose offers notes of apple, pear and baking spice. Flavors of red apple, pear, white peach, Meyer lemon and stony minerality. A bit of spice in the finish. Buy This Wine


Aug 042014
Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $56   – Rating 92

Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012One of my favorite 2012 Russian River Chardonnays, unfiltered and unfined. A robust nose of red apple, Meyer lemon, baking spice and pie crust. Full bodied with juicy acidity offering flavors of red apple, Meyer lemon, pineapple and ripe pear with a definite sense of minerality. Red apple and spice dance in the long finish. Buy This Wine.