21 April 2014

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Chardonnay

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By Dezel of My Vine Spot over 1 year ago.
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@ BonterraWine 2011 Mendocino County # Chardonnay ... Baked pear, spiced apple, pie crust, bright citrus zest married w/ a nice nuttiness/toasty quality.

@ BonterraWine 2011 Mendocino County # Chardonnay ... Good mouth-feel and viscosity, short-med length finish w/ a touch of spice and vanilla. Good quality-to-price ratio at $ 13.

@ BonterraWine 2011 Mendocino County # Merlot ... Delightfully approachable w/ aromas/flavors of black cherry, raspberry, spiced accents, and cedar …

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By Carrie of Cortes de Cima almost 4 years ago.
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…isolation, which has kept its inheritance of indigenous vine varieties intact and virtually unaffected by Chardonnay- and Cabernet-mania - has also been its disadvantage. The Portuguese have had this strange habit of... making wines to suit the palates of other Portuguese rather than making the sort of fruity, juicy-yet-structured wines that appeal to the majority of the world's wine consumers. The wines that have traditionally been most respected within Portugal are incredibly tough …

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Waterstone 2012 Carneros Chardonnay - The notion of balance in a Napa wine is something I'm still getting used to. Many of those wines are strong and in-your-face. That's not so much the case with the Waterstone. This is a much more mellow wine than many oak bombs I'm used to from Napa Chardonnay. The nose is fragrant with apple blossoms, oak, and a little bit of a toasted, yeasty undertone. This chardonnay is about as far from buttery as you'll find. Instead, there's …

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…"Middle of the road" may be curse words in some vocabularies, but for a California chardonnay, this sort of balance is a sweet spot I'm happy to find. Recommended.

Wente 2012 " Riva Ranch" Arroyo Seco Chardonnay - Now this is an interesting white. This Chardonnay comes from a blend of two of the Wente clones -- Clone 2A and Clone 4, if you're keeping score at home. Clone 2A is the "classic" varietal, while Clone 4 is a more recent …

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2012 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains.

Sourced from an unnamed vineyard over by Cooper Garrod this is fairly typical of the more restrained Santa Cruz Mountains style - plenty of lemon, pear and chalk with some tropical fruit notes. $ 20

2011 Pinot Noir, Central Coast

From vineyards in the Paso Robles area the nose is floral, with strawberry and preserved cherry. Smooth flavours of chocolate and cherry - an easy drinker, similar in style to those from Carneros. $ 22 …

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…you'll find, though it has a serious, even a dramatic side too. A blend of 49 percent chardonnay, 45 percent pinot noir and 6 percent pinot meunier (slightly different than the previous release), it displays an entrancing fiery copper-peach color and a steady pulse of infinitesimal glinting bubbles. The bouquet is characterized by strawberries and red currants enlivened by orange zest and cloves and hints of fresh-baked bread, flint and steel. There's very agreeable tension among …

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By christopherwatkins of 4488: A Ridge Blog almost 3 years ago.
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Well, yes, I know it's # Chardonnay Day, and I've lots more to say on that subject; more so even than I've already shown , but the truth of it is, when Paul Draper calls, and he wants to taste a three-vintage vertical of Estate Cabernet, PLUS a 2001 horizontal of Geyserville and Lytton Springs, PLUS the 1995 and 1984 Monte Bellos, well, calendar be damned, one must rise to the occasion!

The 2007 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate is a lovely combination …

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It is a whole lot easier to make very good to great California Chardonnay than to make noteworthy Pinot Noir. Whether produced with a combination of stainless steel and oak barrel fermentation, partial or full malolactic fermentation or full-throttle 100% oak barrel vinfication, the major aromas and flavors of California ...

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By christopherwatkins of 4488: A Ridge Blog almost 3 years ago.
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You could, for example, drink # chardonnay with rattlesnakes ...

Or, you could drink # chardonnay with a lizard, if you're afeard of snakes ...

Or perhaps just # chardonnay amongst the flowers. Possibly safer and less cold-blooded that way .. .

# Chardonnay on top of the world?

How about # chardonnay with a birdhouse? Put a little birdhouse in your soul, a little # chardonnay in your mouth?

Perhaps some # chardonnay under a staircase? It's a good place to think. A contemplative place.

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…he makes under his own Winesmith label. To create this Napa Valley chardonnay, Smith takes Napa chardonnay grapes at what he deems to be optimal maturity... and then takes out a significant amount of alcohol to bring out the "lemon oil" character that, he claims, is the true signature of Napa terroir in chardonnay grapes.

To me - and many others - this kind of statement is an obvious contradiction. If chardonnay grown in Napa results in high alcohol at maturity, then high …

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