J Vineyards Chardonnay

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Mar 122011
2008 J Vineyards Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA, $28 (S) – Rating 92

J Vineyards Russian River Chardonnay takes a few minutes to open up but as with a beautiful flower you are rewarded with a elegantly structured food enhancing wine. A very well balanced wine with hints of Meyer lemon, tropical, floral and herbecous notes. Just enough oak and vanilla to create a luscious creamy mouth-feel.

Stoller Vineyards SV Estate Chardonnay

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Feb 082011
2008 Stoller Estate SV Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, OR, $28 (S) – Rating 90

A really beautiful Oregon Chardonnay. Barrel fermentation creates a lush rich mouth-feel balanced with a light toast and minerality. The wine was rich with pear, red apple, honey, spice, stone fruit and vanilla cream. As rich as it sounds, the moderate acidity makes it a good food pairing Chardonnay. May I  have another glass please.

Ceja Chardonnay

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Jan 242011
2008 Ceja Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Carneros, CA, $34 (S) — Rating 92

Another lovely wine by Ceja Vineyards. The Carneros fruit offers great body and structure. 100% barrel fermented and  sur lie aged (no malolactic fermentation) for 11 months, this Chardonnay has a full bodied richness, balance and creaminess that is food friendly but still satisfying to the palate when enjoyed by itself.

Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay

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Jan 152011
2009 Central Coast, CA $9 — Rating 86

Maybe the best Chardonnay for under $10 we have found. Nicely balanced oak & butter make Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay a real winner. The price makes it a great go-to Chardonnay. I’ll pour this Chardonnay at my patio party any time.

Jan 052011
2006 Late Harvest Chardonnay Carneros, CA  $55 (.375) — Rating 95

I don’t know where to start. Joy is a beautifully sweet and rich dessert wine and a big hit on our holiday table. Rich flavors of honey and ripe apricot with a touch of orange and toffee make this a wine taste like a dream you don’t want to end.