The St. Helena Star and Napa Valley Vintners tasting panel met this month to review current vintages of Napa Valley Chardonnays priced over $ 30. In the review the local panel of winemakers preferred the 2012 vintage over 2011 and sought greater acidity and less oak influenced flavors in the wines they tasted.
…even while he presented a thorough tasting and explanation of the various terroirs from which the Chardonnays came.
My favorite among the five Chards (with all due respect to the others) was the 2012 Camelot Highlands, from Santa Maria Valley. I've given that wine 90-plus scores over nine vintages, a pretty good track record for a Chardonnay. My readers know I'm a Chardonnay guy anyway, but that Camelot, which is from the so-called Tepusquet Bench of the valley, a hop …
…Chardonnay, and so in the near future I will keep on doing that, as I think Israeli Chardonnays are quite good."
What have you told your students about choosing which varietals to plant?
"I think it is harder to make whites then reds. I think it is harder to make Rhone-like wine than Bordeaux. I advise them to do whatever they feel is right, but of course I give them my opinion - people should grow grapes that will make the best wines. If the best wine is Bordeaux then go …
…on the other hand have chosen the more ambitious, if tricky, path of running two entirely distinct Chardonnays in parallel.
This required some pretty sophisticated marketing as they were naturally keen to avoid the situation where Avant was cannibalizing sales of Vintner's Reserve
"We did a lot of market research because the last thing we wanted to do was somebody go from Vintner's Reserve to Avant. Avant was to fill a void, not to detract from Vintner's Reserve. …
Okay, let's get this out of the way. I just praised Hartford Court and Stonestreet. They are part of the Jackson Family Wines portfolio, where I just started work as director of communications and wine education. Before some of you start freaking out, let me just say this: I've been giving those two wineries, as well as others …
…not Rhône, then Burgundy - the great Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are some of my favourite wines: it is very hard to do wines in Burgundy, the weather is poor - like in England - and so it is very difficult to make good wines. And yet the winemakers manage to obtain the best they can with pinot noir - the complexity is fantastic.
I am a woman - do I make feminine wines? Maybe . Like the food I cook, I want my wines to be easy to drink, fine and elegant. Because I am a modern woman, …
Penny Farth ur Thoughts
No longer allow the vagabond grape to violate your delicate constitution!
Penny Farthing Chardonnay!
A soothing Santa Barbara tonic!
None of the heavy flavorings of oak or grist mill!
Relinquish those former Chardonnays with their creams of ammonia!
Inhale the intoxicating aroma of stone fruit!
…the tropical fruit (especially pineapple) that came through on this was wonderful. Either of these Chardonnays would be great with a meal or just chill to sip on a hot summer's day.
2012 Rosé : Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc; Steel barrel fermented done in a saign é e method; with 0.95% residual sugar. This was a great end to the tasting with a lot of berry notes but not being too sweet. This would be another great wine for that summer sipper.
…we look beyond Pinot Noir in Oregon and consider some of the great Chardonnays made there (including the Roco Chard, which we like a lot). He also suggests Australia beyond Shiraz and Malbec from other places than Argentina (we like the Columbia Valley Fidelitas and Southern Oregon Abacela that he recommends). James Laube sends us in search of Tannat, Torrontes and Pinotage (we like the recommended Kanonkop a lot).
Although it might be said that not all of the …
The luncheon started out with three Chardonnays ... the 2012 Eric's Chardonnay is unoaked and the choice of family member Eric Wente, fourth generation winemaker and Chairman of the Board. Karl gave many key people two tons of grapes and license to vinifiy as they would like, so Eric Went's choice was to be very low key. The wine was very pure and natural, a great wine to have with a salad. The second of the third wines was the Morning Fog Chardonnay ( Carolyn's favorite) …