Category Archives: Chardonnay

Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU 2008

SANTA MARIA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA | $32
Nectarine, guava and Meyer lemon with flavors of chervil, jasmine, oak, stone minerals and a hint of grapefruit. Viscous and lush, blanketing the palate with complex fruit, then revealing herbal, floral and mineral flavors, and finishing with a happy perk of acidity and lingering tartness. A regal one, she, bejeweled and adorned with the best of the court, graceful among all, and blessed to be full of personality and wicked smart — ever so the surprise when she delivers that bawdy repartee. An excellent wine. (Reviewed 7/27/14)

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Longoria Chardonnay 2011

SANTA RITA HILLS | CALIFORNIA | $30
Guava, pear and green apple with a hint of grapefruit and notes of jasmine, stony minerals, green tea and a bare hint of oak. Nicely crisp with a natural fruit acidity making a refreshing drink to cool the summer afternoon or pair with a cream-sauced or light-protein meal. She enjoys a cruller and coffee, her reflection caught in the shop window as she gazes at jewelery she hopes someone will at one time gift her. A very good-plus wine, near excellent. (Reviewed 6/7/14)

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Louis Jadot Macon-Villages Chardonnay 2012

BURGUNDY | FRANCE | $12
Fruit of guava, apple and pear with notes of honeysuckle, lemongrass, stoney minerals and grapefruit zest on the finish. Medium bodied, slightly viscous, unoaked and quenching with modest acidity. An easy drinking wine, unpretentious and versatile. This one’s a charmer at any occasion; comfortable in his skin, he wins the crowd whether it’s formal or backyard. A very good wine and an outstanding value. Wine provided by Wine Chateau. (Reviewed 7/28/13)

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Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran 2010

BURGUNDY | FRANCE | $18

Mostly vertical fruit flavors of kumquat, nectarine and lemon with grassy and floral notes, limestone minerals and barely present oak adding horizontal range and complexity. Light, crisp, clean with a nice, slight acidity. A barefoot stroll through a country garden. Chardonnay. A good wine. (Reviewed 9/8/12)

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Foley Chardonnay ‘Barrel Select’ 2007

SANTA RITA HILLS | CALIFORNIA | $35

Tropical fruit and camphor on the nose yield to nectarine, guava and pear with bright stone minerals and an oaky structure. Complex and well integrated with a slightly laden mouth feel, a pleasant acidic pop and a long finish. There’s some of that classic California oaked Chardonnay vibe here, but this one carries it off exceptionally well. It’s that classic rock act whose music never sounds dated. A very good wine. (Reviewed 8/19/12)

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Foley Chardonnay Clone 76 2006

SANTA RITA HILLS | CALIFORNIA | $35

Guava, kumquat and persimmon with stone minerals, vanilla and a hint of green wood. Complex and lively on the palate producing a long and pleasant finish. The guest who lingers long after others have gone, and your delighted she stays — the conversation, so natural, so easy, stimulates to the wee hours. A very good wine. (Reviewed 5/27/12)

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Porter Creek Chardonnay 2009

SONOMA  COUNTY | CALIFORNIA | $30

Crisp young pear fruit with notes of white peach, stone minerals, honeysuckle and lemongrass. Refreshing with a present, but easy, natural fruit acidity and a luxurious viscous mouth feel. There is allure here — your eyes meet and they lock, with every glance away, and then back, pulling you yet again closer…. Ah, but this is merely a wine, a very good wine. (Reviewed 5/1/12)

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Foxen Chardonnay Tinaquac Vineyard 2009

SANTA MARIA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA | $35

Green apple with pineapple, guava, pear and a little lime supported with stone minerals, a hint of oak plus plenty of bright acidity. Light on the palate yet full of flavor. Step away if you favor an oak forest in your Chardonnay; this isn’t it. Rather, it’s crisp and refreshing. A very good wine. (Reviewed 4/7/12)

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The House of Independent Producers Dionysus Vineyards ‘La Bourgeoisie’ 2010

WASHINGTON STATE | $10

Crisp green apple with notes of lemongrass, grapefruit and young honeydew. Vibrant minerals and acidity make this a refreshing slap on the palate. Chardonnay, unoaked. A good wine and great value. (Reviewed 3/24/12)

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Domaine de la Cadette Bourgogne Vezelya La Chatelain 2009

BURGUNDY | FRANCE | $24

Medium-bodied white Burgundy showing pineapple, white peach and pear fruit with oak, minerals, plus hints of vanilla and lemon grass. Easily accessible, reasonably balanced with moderate acidity. The flavors are complex flavors but the wine as a whole is fairly straightforward — a nice paradox. Chardonnay. A good wine. (Reviewed 4/19/11)

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