Tag: Chardonnay

Notre Vue Estate Winery Balverne Russian River Valley Forever Wild Chardonnay 2019, California

Pale lemon in color with a green/ golden hue.

Nice nose of lemons, cedar, vanilla, toast, limes, grapefruits, honeysuckle, apples, honeydew, earth, minerals, sea salt and light river rocks.

Full bodied, buttery and smooth, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, oak, vanilla, peppercorn, wet leaves and earth.

Nice tangy finish with almonds.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Elegant, fruity and interesting.

Loved the nose here. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.  Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime (20 minutes).

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses, crackers and olives.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged for 5 months in French Oak barrels (20% new).

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$35.

Bollinger Limited Edition Rosé Champagne 2006, France

This is a delicious Vintage Rosé Champagne from a great vintage.

Showing lots of bread and yeast notes, citrus, over ripen apples, spices, minerals, white pepper, sea salt, light earth and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, and nicely integrated small bubbles. Just the way I prefer it.

This 15 year old is very tasty now. Nicely balanced with lots of complexity.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I didn’t need anything but a nice glass with it.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

7 Cellars Elway’s Reserve Carneros Chardonnay 2019, California



Happy international Chardonnay Day!

Pale lemon in color.

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

Full bodied, buttery and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with toasted oak, vanilla, spices, apples and black pepper.

Spicy finish with limes.

This is a young Oaky Chardonnay from Carneros. Big, bold and fruit forward.

Needs a couple of years in the bottle to mature. I had the 2018 recently, and it was much better so its worth waiting for a bit.

A little much for me at this point, but it was a big hit at the table.

A good quality wine that needs time to chillax.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$37.

Pellet Estate Petaluma Gap Sunchase Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California



A light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Fruity nose of citrus, lemons, apples, pears, light spices, light wood, earth, light herbs and white pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with limes, light grapefruits, citrus, light peaches, light wood, earth, herbs and white pepper.

Nice finish with spices and limes.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Sonoma County. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.

Good right out of the bottle, and after 60 minutes of airtime it shows spicy notes.

This Single Vineyard feels like a fruity white Burgundy. A good quality wine.

Not sure why, but I definitely get light wood notes both on the nose and palate. Interesting and delicious.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with grilled salmon.

Grapes are grown at over 1,000 feet of elevation on rocky clay soil. Aged in stainless steel for 8 months. Only 276 cases produced.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.


Castello di Amorosa Sprumante del Castello Brut 2017 Napa Valley, California

Pale lemon in color with a light golden hue.

Soft nose of citrus, lemons, apples, pears, yeast, white pepper, minerals and light spices.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, minerals, bread, spices, light yeast and white pepper.

Tangy finish with spices and limes.

This is a great Vintage sparkling wine from Napa Valley. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity, once it opens up.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Will age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Needs an hour of airtime to open up properly. As it opens up, more bread and yeast notes show up. Reminds me of a good quality Champagne.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a smoked salmon with heirloom tomatoes, yolk dust and crispy capers.

A blend of 73% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot Noir. Made in the traditional method.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$49.

MacRostie Winery and Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018, California

Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Nose of citrus, lemons, apples, spices, toasted oak, light vegetables and earth.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, river rocks, bitter herbs, spices, black pepper and light oak.

Spicy finish with limes.

This is a very nice Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Spicy and interesting. Nicely balanced and elegant, with soft earth notes.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets more complex as it opens up.

A little high in alcohol, but not noticeable at all. Good by itself and with food.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses by the lake.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.

Oceano Wines Spanish Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2018, California

Beautiful pale golden in color with a green tint.

Strong nose of citrus, oak, vanilla, lemons, yellow and red apples, minerals, spices and light honey.

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

Dry on the palate with limes, citrus, spices, vanilla, apples, oak, pears, herbs and light vegetables.

Tangy finish with limes and light grapefruits.

This is a nice Chardonnay from Central Coast in California. Oaky yet refreshing. Tangy and engaging with nice complexity.

A nice wine to sip on by the pool and good by itself.

Nicely balanced and good right out of the bottle.

Would be nice to see how this 3 year old evolves in the next 5 years.

Fermented and aged in French Oak barrels for 9 months.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

7 Cellars Elway’s Reserve Carneros Chardonnay 2018, California

Light golden in color.

Nice nose of citrus, sweet oak, vanilla, spices, red apples, toast, pears and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with toasted oak, apples, citrus, white pepper, vanilla, light herbs and spices.

Long finish with limes.

This is a tasty oaky Chardonnay from Carneros in California.

Nicely balanced, and not bitter nor tart. Just right. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Oak is there, but not overwhelming.

Might be even nicer in a couple of years. I’ll make sure to check it out then.

Alcohol is nicely integrated, so watch out.

Fresh and good enough to drink all by itself. A great porch wine. Tangy and spicy. Rich and interesting.

I enjoyed it by the pool.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$37.

Ca’ Momi Winery Heartcraft Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018, California

Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong fruity nose with oak vanilla, citrus, lemons, red and yellow apples, spices, tropical fruits, honey, flowers and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and buttery, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, apples, melons, tropical fruits, peaches, bananas, oak, vanilla, spices and white pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with tangy lemons.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and not to oaky, although it has enough of that.

Easy drinking with a pleasant mouthfeel. Soft and elegant, buttery and spicy. Really enjoyed the nose here.

Might have a small touch of RS to balance it out.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, by the lake.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Scout and Cellar Field House 301 Chardonnay 2019, Sonoma Coast, California

Light yellow in color.

Fruity nose with citrus, lemons, yellow apples, melons, light tropical fruits, spices, oak and vanilla.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with lemons, oak, vanilla, citrus, toast, lemons, apples, pears, grapefruits and spices.

Medium finish with almonds and light vegetables.

This is a very easy drinking Chardonnay from Sonoma. Oaky and fruit forward.

A nice everyday wine. Good by itself or with food.

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

14% alcohol by volume. Vegan.

88 points.

$24.