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Chardonnay

USA, Chardonnay, La Rocca, Castello di Amorosa, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara, Napa Valley, California, 2013

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N/ Tropical fruits, green apples, seaspray, and fresh canvas. Incense and chamomile. Fresh rain with a hint of flint. 2-3 out of 10 on the butterscotch scale, which is perfect. Beautiful and complex. T/ Medium mouth feel. Delicious green and yellow apples with some light tropical fruits and lime notes as well.  Lasting mineral close. […]

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Italy, Vermentino and Chardonnay, Mazzoni, Bianco Di Toscana, Montalcino, Toscana, 2014

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White blend of 75% vermentino and 25% chardonnay. N/ Fresh rain, soft yellow grasses, seaspray, green apples, light tropical fruits, and toast points. Lovely. T/ Medium mouth feel. Fresh melon and pear flavors with lime zest dancing about. Popping acid work. Clean lines and nice mineral presence. The aging on lees this wine had was just […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Freemark Abbey, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, 2013

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N/ She starts with lovely river rocks, granite, and a soft minerality. Crisp hay, white flowers, honeysuckle. Marine wafts. 1 out of 10 on the butter scale, which is perfect for me. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Delicious lime and light yellow grass notes. Clean, with lovely crisp green apple and light citrus fruits. Solid […]

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Austrailia, Chardonnay, Jacob’s Creek, Two Lands, South Australia, 2014

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N/ Crisp, clean, lime zest, honeysuckle, and river rocks. 4/10 on the butterscotch scale. T/ Medium to medium full mouthfeel. Strong tropical fruits and some lighter honeydew melon notes framed by surprisingly robust minerality given the strong fruit contingent. Delivers lots of flavor with good balance. Acid too low for what I tend to enjoy […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Antica an Antinori Family Estate / Napa Valley, California

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                                        Antica Napa Valley is an Antinori Family Estate located a lengthy, but beautiful, drive up Soda Canyon road in Napa. If you want incredible, even for Napa, scenery make an appointment and go.  I won’t wax on […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Ventisquero, Kalfu, Kuda, Leyda Valley, 2013

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An un-oaked chardonnay whole cluster fermented in stainless steel tanks. N/ Very agreeable dried hay, honeysuckle, sun-bleached rocks, crisp green apple, and pears. Rose petals. Also has a hint of gooseberry more commonly associated with sauvignon blanc. Love this nose. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel, which is a bit of a surprise as  I was expecting a lighter […]

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Chile, White Blend, Reserva, “Devil’s Collection,” Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Casablanca Valley, 2013

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White blend of: 85% sauvignon blanc, 10% chardonnay, and 5% gewürztraminer. N/ 2 out of 10 on sauvignon blanc “cat aroma” scale, which is just right for me. Lemon zest, gooseberries, yellow dried grasses, honeysuckle, herbals, and a touch of butter. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Rounder that one would expect from her nose. Citrus, light grass and […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Cocha y Toro, Serie Riberas, Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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N/ 4 out of 10 on the butterscotch scale. Very agreeable and pronounced wafts of sun bleached rock. Outside of the actual tea, this is an amazing mimic of the aroma of chamomile. Sea spray, and a hint of iodine/kelp. Really, really nice. One of the nicer Chilean chardonnay noses I’ve encountered. T/ Medium full […]

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USA, White Blend, The Whip, Murrieta’s Well, Livermore Valley, California, 2013

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White blend of 28% Sémillon, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Orange Muscat,11% Viognier, 11% Gewürztraminer and 1% White Riesling. N/ Gardenias, honeysuckle, white and yellow flowers, marine/beach and salt, fresh hay, honey and light confection. Complex and alluring. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Lightly sweetened honeysuckle, pear, limes, tropical fruits and melons. Some creamy butter […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Wente, Riva Ranch, Heritage Block, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2012

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N/ Rich and full. Wonderful butterscotch and oil waft well for the fans of such, but restrained in such a manner that even those of us who are not partial that profile can really enjoy this nose. Luscious yellow fruits, clean notes of oak, and slate. T/ Full mouthfeel. Wow, this one is huge. In […]

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Winery Visit, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Healdsburg, California

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Jordan Vineyard & Winery The Jordan grounds are a sight to behold.  The approaching road winds through beautiful country and lulls one into the thought they must be approaching a modest farmhouse teeming with disheveled chickens pecking about, goats with neck bells clanging, and wafts of barnyard. Instead, the road takes a decidedly manicured turn […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut Rosé, Franciacorta, Contadi Castaldi, Lombardia

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65% chardonnay, and 35% pinot nero C/ Gorgeous cantaloupe / copper and light pink coloration. N/ Strawberries, rose petals, light bread, and stone fruits. Hint of lime zest. Lovely. T/ Creamy, medium-full mouthfeel.  Wow, the acid work gets one’s mouth watering right away. Delicious layers of raspberry and strawberry flavors are refined yet power packed. Clean, […]

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Italy, Sparkling, Brut, Barone Pizzini, Franciacorta, Lombardia

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White blend of: 90% chardonnay and 10% pinot nero. N/ A touch of funk layers over deep marine and fresh oyster aromas. There is a savory element here that is hard to describe – fresh white mushrooms perhaps. Lightly oxidized apple notes and a bracing acidity delight. Complex, fun, and deep. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Creamy […]

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Bulgaria, Chardonnay, Vini, Veni Vidi Vici, Thracian Valley, MMXI (2011)

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N/ What dominates her nose is salty toast, truly. She also has pineapple, lemon, and yellow tropical fruits with a bit of oyster shell / minerality mix. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Dry and acid driven upon entry but she also delivers light cream. Pretty complex ride for nine dollars! As with her nose, salt, […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Morning Fog, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, 2012

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N/ Yes, some very familiar buttered aromas, but restrained and ripped through nicely by notes of crushed river rocks.  Standard Chardonnay yellow tropicals accompanied by lime juice. Fresh rain water with a splash of sweetener. T/ Medium mouthfeel. As with her nose, buttery yellow tropicals reign for her fruit component. Toast points, hay, and minerals […]

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USA, White Blend, Little Black Dress, “Divalicious White,” Mendocino, California, 2011

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White blend of: 65% Pinot Grigio, 18% Muscat, 8% Chardonnay, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% White Riesling, and 2% Viognier. N/ Sweet, steamed hay. White rose petals, honeysuckle, and thin wafts of petrol. Chamomile. T/ Medium-full mouth feel. She begins with soft pink grapefruit blast, a medium thick coating of glycerol, and flavors of steeped hay. While […]

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USA, Franciscan, White Blend (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat), Equilibrium, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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A white blend of: 72% sauvignon blanc, 17% chardonnay, and 11% muscat. N/ Crushed river rock dust sprinkled over crisp, fresh yellow hay. Green melons, pear juice, white flowers, and yellow tropicals dance on on bit of lime. Crushed oyster shells. A touch of powdered sugar. Absolutely delightful. Wow, I love this nose. T/ Medium mouthfeel. […]

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USA, Chardonnay, McManis Family Vineyards, River Junction, California, 2011

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Background My mother and father enjoy California chardonnay quite a lot.  Once of their favorites is a well-made, but typical, butter-scotched variety – i.e. the enormously popular style that is over-oaked chard. That wine runs for about $20-$28.  In the hopes that I could save them some unnecessary expenses, we did a blind tasting with a host of $10-$15 […]

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France, Chardonnay, Mâcon Farges, Henri Perrusset, Selection Vielles Vignes, Gran Vin de Bourgogne, Mâcon-Villages, Mâcon Farges, Burgundy, 2011

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N/ Limestone, chalk, and crushed rocks. Yellow tropicals, lime zest, pineapple. Light butter.  Bridges the gap between Old and New world.  If you have a friend addicted to California oak bomb Chardonnay, do them a favor and have them try this wine. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Soft yellows with nice, but not bracing, acids. Pears and […]

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