Tag: Chardonnay

Chehalem Wines Inox Unoaked Chardonnay 2021 Willamette Valley, Oregon

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Nose of citrus, limes, red and green apples, light honey, melons, minerals and light white pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, light grapefruits, spices, herbs and minerals.

Tangy finish with black pepper and limes.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Williamette Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. 

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food.

A nice happy hour wine that I paired with shrimp cocktail, by the beach.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged on their lees for 2 months in stainless steel vats.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Meadowcroft Wines Napa Valley Blanc de Blancs Non Vintage, California



Pale lemon in color.

On the nose grapefruits, green apples, white pepper, light limes and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.

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

Tangy finish with limes and spices.

This is a very tasty sparkling wine from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and tangy. Spicy and interesting.

Easy drinking and good by itself. Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.

100% Chardonnay grapes from Napa Valley. A tiny production of only 122 cases.

12.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$38.

Six Eight Nine Cellars Submission Chardonnay 2020, California



Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Fruity nose of yellow apples, wood, lemons, citrus, smoke, light vanilla and spices.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with apples, citrus, lemons, spices, light oak and vanilla.

Short finish with limes and herbs.

This is a nice and easy drinking Chardonnay from California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Simple and good for the weekday.

Good for parties or the pool, and better when properly chilled.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Chardonnay grapes come from Sonoma, Napa, Russian River Valley and Monterey County. Aged for 8 months in 25% New French oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$20.




Six Eight Nine Cellars Napa Valley White Wine 2020, California

Pale lemon in color.

On the nose spices, light oak, lemons, light grapefruits, green apples and light earth.

Full bodied and creamy with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, apples, bitter herbs, light earth, diesel and spices.

Spicy finish with almonds and limes.

This is a nice and easy drinking white blend from Napa Valley.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel, and better when properly chilled.

A good afternoon wine, and good for parties too.

I paired it with a cheese plate and light appetizers.

A blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Aged in French oak barrels and stainless steel vats.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$24.

Chalk Hill Estate Winery Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020, California



Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of citrus, oak, vanilla, spices, lemons, apples, light earth, peaches, white flowers and white pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, lemons, oak, earth, vanilla, light grapefruits, spices and black pepper.

Spicy finish with limes and lemon peel.

This is a nice Oaky Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast. Fruit forward and spicy. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needed 15 minutes of airtime to bring in more complexity, and balance the oak notes.

A nice and easy drinking Chardonnay. Good by itself as a sipping wine and good for parties.

I paired it with a nice day by the pool.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.



Effingham Cellars Chardonnay 2019, Virginia


Dark golden in color.

On the nose cedar, vanilla, spices, red apples, lemons, pears, light tangerine and white pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Tangy finish with lemons and spices.

This is a nice Oaky Chardonnay from Virginia. Big and bold. Rich and flavorful.

Feels like an oaky Napa Chardonnay right out of the bottle, but changes after 20 minutes of airtime.

A nice wine to sip on by the porch. Tangy with a soft mouthfeel.

I had it by the pool.

89 points.

$34.

Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas-Francois Brut Champagne Millesime 2002, France




Golden in color.

Nose of apples, yeast, spices, bread, minerals, salt water, citrus, limes, barnyard and earth.

Medium plus in body with high acidity.

Very dry on the palate with limes, lemons, green apples, earth, minerals, toast, wet leaves, herbs, vegetables, nuts, yeast, sea salt and white pepper.

Crisp and refreshing. Yeasty and interesting.

This is a nicely aged Champagne from a great vintage. Showing lots of complexity now.

Feels very young for a 20 year old, and will continue to age nicely in the next decade.

Robert Parker 97 points. Wine Enthusiasts 96 points.

I had the Brut Reserve Non Vintage not too long ago, and I liked it better.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with fresh oysters.

A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Disgorged in 2015.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$200.

Louis Roederer Crystal Millesime Brut 2013, Champagne, France



I always enjoy drinking this Champagne, although this one is very young.

Dry on the palate with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Showing citrus, yeast, bread, green apples, spices, minerals and white pepper.

This 9 year old Champagne is crispy and refreshing, and feels much younger than its age.

Easy to drink and good by itself. Well balanced with nice complexity.

I really prefer it with a lot more age, but it is definitely delicious already.

This 2013 was a great vintage in Champagne and it is showing it.

Robert Parker 96 points.

A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$350.

In Serrata Intrigo Bianco Toscana Chardonnay 2020, Italy




Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of citrus, green and red apples, earth, light vegetables, light oak, vanilla, spices and white pepper.

Full bodied and creamy with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, melons, black pepper, herbs, bitter vegetables, nuts and spices.

Long finish with almonds and black pepper.

This is a delicious Chardonnay from Tuscany. Rich yet elegant. Fruit forward with nice balance.

A very nice surprise for me. Good by itself or with food, and a great sipping wine.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Flora Springs Family Estate Soliloquy 2020, Napa Valley, California



Light straw in color with a green tint.

Fruity nose of green apples, limes, grapefruits, light tropical fruits, grass, light earth, spices and minerals.

Medium plus in body and creamy, with medium-plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

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

Long finish with limes and almonds.

This is a very tasty Sauvignon Blanc based blend From Napa Valley. Tangy, rich and expressive.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too.

Easy drinking, good for the pool, and better when not too cold.

A good quality wine. Well balanced and refreshing. Would be interesting to try it again in 3 years.

Tastes like a Sauvignon Blanc and feels like an unoaked Chardonnay. A perfect combination.

Paired nicely with the horseradish Cheddar cheese. Tangy and interesting.

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Malvasia. Aged for 7 months in a combination of concrete “egg” vessels and French oak barrels. A small production of 550 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.