Jun 042011
2009 Parducci Chardonnay, Mendocino County, CA, $11 (S) – Rating 89

Looking for a great every day Chardonnay? Parducci Chardonnay is the answer. A great price for a very nice wine. Well balanced fruit and acidity, this medium-bodied wine shows flavors of apple, honeydew and a hint of tropical fruit. It paired very well with dry-rubbed grilled chicken breast

Jun 032011
2009 Patianna Estate Vineyards Chardonnay, Mendocino, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 90

An excellent value Chardonnay that should cost more. Patianna’s certified organic estate vineyards produce a rich wine with a ton of flavor and acidity. Sur lie ageing and a bit of oak create a round lush mouth-feel without adding a stick of butter. Crisp flavors of apple, pear, peach, tropical fruit and vanilla.

Jun 032011
2009 Chatom Vineyards Chardonnay, Calaveras County, CA, $18 (S) – Rating 91

A thoroughly enjoyable Chardonnay that you’d expect to cost more. A creamy wine with flavors of vanilla, ripe peaches, red apples with only a hint of oak. Very well balanced lushness and acidity creates a smooth mouth-feel.

May 312011
2008 Deep Sea Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 90

A really delicious creamy, yet crisp Chardonnay. Deep Sea is a full-bodied and complex wine with balanced flavors of tropical fruit married with red apple and toasty oak, fig and subtle spice. This wine has deservedly won it’s fair share of respected awards. Get it while you can.

May 152011
2009 Ramazzotti Chardonnay, Smith Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 4.0

A fresh and easy drinking Chardonnay. Clean on the palate with a nice blend to topical fruit, pinapple with a hint of lemon curd. The unfiltered and unrefined product of 25 year old vines and barrel fermentation, Ramazzotti Chardonnay is a great wine to pair with cheese and fruit.