Tag: Chardonnay

Bitch Bubbly Sparkling Non Vintage, Spain 89

Dark salmon in color with light intensity.

Light nose of strawberries and citrus with small bubbles.

Sweet and fruity on the palate with raspberries, sweet strawberries, citrus, lemons and apples.

Medium finish with sweet raspberries.

What a fun sparkling Rosé from Spain this is. Sweet and bubbly and Great for parties.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, by the porch or pool.

I took it to an afternoon party, and it was a big hit. Everyone at the party loved it.

A blend of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Grenache.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

11% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$13.

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J. Lohr Winery Estates Riverstone Arroyo Seco Chardonnay 2015 Monterey, California

Dark golden in color.

Fruity on the nose with citrus, oranges, vanilla, oak, over ripen lemons, white pepper, spices, Jasmin, tropical fruits, kiwi, pineapples and white peaches.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with over ripen citrus fruits, lemons, oak, cream, alcohol, vanilla and spices.

Medium on the finish with spices and limes.

This 3 year old Chardonnay from California is still drinking nicely, but was probably better last year. Oaky and creamy.

A very nice wine when properly chilled, and the oak and vanilla are not too overwhelming.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$14.

Domaine Gaillard Les Crays Pouilly-Fuisse 2016, France

Deep gold in color.

On the nose, citrus, lemons, grapefruits, green apples, minerals, white pepper, spices and sea salt.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemons, limes, grapefruits, green apples, bitter herbs, vegetables, spices and white pepper.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

This Chardonnay from Burgundy is simple and refreshing. Not fully balanced and a tad too bitter for me.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with seafood. Needs to be very chilled. I paired it with soft and hard goat cheeses.

13% alcohol by volume.

82 points.

Fallon Place Wines La Cruz Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Sonoma County, California

Light straw in color with a golden hue.

Fruity on the nose with oak, vanilla, citrus, honeysuckle, spices, herbs, light grass, red apples, pears, grapefruits, white pepper and light tropical fruits.

Medium plus in body, refreshing and buttery, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with vanilla, citrus, lemons, apples, melons, bitter vegetables, herbs, toasted oak, honey and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with bitter almonds and spices.

This is a nice Chardonnay from Sonoma County. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A little Oaky for me, though. Last vintage (2015) was better in my opinion.

This Single Vineyard Chardonnay was aged for 12 months in neutral French Oak barrels, but I still feel a lot of Oak. A very small production of 75 cases. A good quality wine.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$40.

Lindeman’s Wines Bin 65 Chardonnay 2017, Southeastern Australia

Light straw in color with a light golden hue.

Nice nose of citrus, lemons, tropical fruits, apples, white peaches, melons, pears, passion fruits and spices.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices and white pepper.

Medium finish with bitter almonds and spices.

This is a simple Chardonnay from Australia. Well balanced, crisp and refreshing. The nose surprised me, as it is very interesting with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. The palate is much simpler. Tastes like a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Not bad for a bulk wine.

I paired it with cheeses, nuts and fresh fruits.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

82 Points.

$6.

Canyon Road Winery California Chardonnay 2016, California

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Fruity Nose of lemons, citrus, green apples, gooseberry, grapefruits, bitter herbs and spices.

Medium bodied and refreshing with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, grapefruits, limes, bitter herbs and spices.

Short finish with bitter almonds.

This is a simple California Chardonnay. Balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Feels like an Unoaked Chardonnay with some Sauvignon Blanc mixed in. Pretty much like a lemon and grapefruit
Juice.

This is good enough for happy hour. I paired it with a spicy fried cauliflower dish.

13% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$12.

Fetzer Vineyards Sundial California Chardonnay 2016, California

Pale gold in color.

On the nose citrus, limes, bitter herbs, oak, vanilla, spices, tropical fruits, pineapples, vegetables, grapefruits and white pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with green apples, oak, vanilla, lemons, citrus, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, light tropical fruits and black pepper.

This is a nice surprise. This simple California Chardonnay is oaky with nice citrus notes, and not too bitter on the ending. Showing a creamy mouthfeel yet still refreshing.

A good wine to sip on by the pool. Better when chilled.

Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with stuffed grape leaves.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$8.