Tag: Chardonnay

Chateau Montelena Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013, California



This is a wonderful Chardonnay from the very famous Chateau Montelena. Exactly 40 vintages later, I could see how it won the Judgment of Paris wine competition, with it’s 1973 vintage.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity.

Showing lemons, apples, pears, melons, light tropical fruits, herbs, cedar, light vanilla, spices, light earth and black pepper.

Long finish with limes and light almonds.

This 9 year old still feels very young, with lots of complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Has potential to become a 95+ point wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and a great sipping wine. Showing great balance, so there is no need for food here.

Elegant and rich. Fruit forward, powerful and exciting.

I paired it with a Caesar salad with blackened Mahi. Great lunch.

Aged in (10% new) French Oak barrels for 10 months.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.

BellaVista Vigna Convento Santissima Annunciata 2016, Italy



This is a very interesting Chardonnay from Lombardi, Italy.

Strong fruity nose, and dry on the palate. Loved the nose here.

Showing yellow apples, butter, oak, light vanilla, wild flowers, spices and white pepper.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

This 6 year old Chardonnay will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine, smooth and elegant.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged in Oak barrels for 4 years.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.

Chalk Hill Estate Winery Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2019, California

This is a tasty oaky Chardonnay from Chalk Hill in Russian River Valley.

Dry on the palate with mild complexity.

Showing oak, vanilla, lemons, apples, pears and light spices.

Spicy finish with almonds.

A good quality wine. Easy drinking, elegant and bold.

Still young and has good potential to be better in a few years.

A nice food wine, and good for parties, too.

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

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged in (40% new) French Oak barrels for 11 months. Unfiltered.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

Grand Napa Vineyards Los Carneros Chardonnay 2020, California



Pale lemon in color with a yellow/ golden tint.

Fruity nose of tropical fruits, lemons, yellow apples, light pineapples, grapefruits and peaches.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green and red apples, light herbs, earth, limes and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and spices.

This is a delicious Chardonnay from Carneros. Easy drinking right out of the bottle with nice complexity.

Nicely balanced, neither tart nor bitter. Gets a little creamier after 20 minutes of airtime. A great sipping wine.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years, and see how it evolved.

100% Chardonnay grapes. A limited release.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$75.

Barons de Rothschild Champagne Brut Rosé Non Vintage, France





Pale salmon in color.

Strong nose of raspberries, strawberries, limes, green apples, minerals, yeast, spices and bread.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with citrus, white cherries, strawberries, earth, spices, yeast, apples, pears and light grapefruits.

Long tangy finish with light almonds.

This is a delicious Rosé Champagne from the house of the Rothschild family. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel.

Loved the nose here, and the bubbles are nicely integrated and not intrusive at all. Very easy to drink.

Really good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

Elegant and luxurious, with nice complexity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with Avocado Tuna Tartar.

A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir. Kosher and not Mevushal.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$110.

Flora Springs Family Estate Soliloquy 2021, Napa Valley, California



Light golden in color with a yellow tint.

Strong nose of gooseberry, limes, grapefruits, light earth, green apples, spices, grass and light sea salt.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, light vegetables, light tropical fruits, spices, earth and white pepper.

Long finish with light almonds and spices.

This is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc based blend from Napa Valley.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Has a light creamy feel, which is very enjoyable.

Nicely balanced and tangy, with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity, which you don’t usually see at this young age. I can see it getting even better in the next 3 years.

I had it all by itself by the pool.

A blend of 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Chardonnay and 13% Malvasia. Aged for 7 months in used French oak barrels. A small production of 600 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Macrostie Winery Sparkling Brut Rosé 2018, Sonoma Coast, California



Very light pinkish in color.

On the nose lemons, yeast, earth, limes, green apples, bread, spices, herbs and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.

Very dry on the palate with light raspberries, citrus, green apples, herbs, earth, minerals, limes, grapefruits, yeast and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and light almonds.

This is a young Sparkling wine from Sonoma Coast. Tangy, spicy and easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced and delicate, with nice complexity. Crisp and refreshing.

This vintage sparkling wine Needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good by itself and better with food. Will pair nicely with oysters and seafood. I paired it with caviar.

A blend of 54% Chardonnay and 46% Pinot Noir. Aged in used French oak barrels. Disgorged in August 2021. Made in the traditional method.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$52.

Big Table Farm The Wild Bee Chardonnay 2020, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Nose of apples, lemons, citrus, light oak, light tropical fruits, herbs, spices and minerals.

Light to medium in body and creamy, with medium plus acidity,

Dry on the palate with limes, light grapefruits, citrus, lemons, apples, earth, light wood, pears, spices, pineapples and black pepper.

Nice length on the spicy finish with limes, spices and bitter almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Oregon. Very lightly oaked, which is very nice. Easy drinking and interesting.

This is a great sipping wine. Nicely balanced with mild complexity, and spicier than I expected it to be.

Would be interesting to try it in a couple of years, and see how it evolves.

Good by itself or with food. I enjoyed it all by itself, by the beach.

12.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Rosé Champagne 2006, France





Orange in color.

On the nose raspberries, citrus, strawberries, limes, green apples, yeast, spices and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.

Dry on the palate with lemons, raspberries, strawberries, spices, earth, minerals, green apples, herbs and white pepper.

Nice finish with bitter herbs.

This 16 year old Rosé Champagne still feels very young and fresh. Not as much yeast /bread notes as I expected at this point.

Well balanced with a nice mouthfeel, and drinks very nicely now.

Needs an hour to open up properly, and better when not too cold.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

A great sipping wine, and good with food too. Spicy, rich and entertaining.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$400.

MacRostie Winery and Estate Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020, California



Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Nice nose of citrus, cedar, toast, vanilla, spices, golden apples and white pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with oak, vanilla, citrus, apples, light pineapple, pears and light earth.

Tangy finish with limes and black pepper.

This is a tasty Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast. Refreshing and easy to drink. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs 15 minutes of airtime to remove some of the vanilla notes, and balance itself out.

Alcohol is well integrated, so you better watch out.

Good by itself or with food, and will be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged in mostly French oak barrels for 6 months on their lees.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.