…Pinot Noir, although I also found it in some Zinfandels, Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Viogniers, Syrahs and Cabernet Sauvignon/ Bordeaux blends, including some expensive ones. I guess Pinot was most affected because of its transparency: the very thing that lets us taste the most finely-tuned aspects of Pinot's terroir also magnifies the slightest problem.
The thing about mold, unripeness and vegetal notes is that they don't go away. You can't blow them off with …
The Australian wine industry certainly has had its ups and downs. There was a time — not really that long ago — when it couldn't miss. Everyone was touting its jammy Shiraz, then its oaky Chardonnays and finally its clever wines named after some cute critter known only to Australians.
As the winter months are with us...red wine is usually the choice...but a case of reds from Bernhard Koch contained a few Chardonnays and a single bottle of Sauvignon Blanc .
Bernhard Koch Sauvignon Blanc
Flemlinger Herrenbuckel Grande Reserve 2012
Priced at € 16.50...this pleases...and although the property says it is closed...I found it open with a creamy smell of gooseberry as opposed to the rasping style. Mint and lemon also evident...and the palate really …
The 2012 Chardonnays, however, are now pouring in. I would characterize them overall as elegant, well-structured wines. What they may lack in opulence they more than make up for in balance and class. I have a feeling, though I can't prove it, that vintners are dialing back on ripeness and/or oakiness, in favor of acidity and freshness. A Foxen 2012 Chardonnay, from the Tinaquaic Vineyard of the Santa Maria Valley, typifies this lively style, combining richness with minerality and tartness …
We started with the Chardonnays on around 10 September, followed very quickly by the Sauvignon Blanc. The investment in a pneumatic press and enhanced protection of the grapes against oxidation produced excellent juices with very good acidity levels.
The rosés came next, keeping transport time down to the minimum to try to keep the wines as pale as possible. The reds, meanwhile, were only brought in in October, with good harvests of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This year's climate …
…90% in stainless steel tank and 10% in French oak barrels. These leaner Chardonnays tend to be his style and are certainly easy to sip on their own. Fans of the simply red will be pleased to know that the 2008 vintage is still available and tasting quite nicely.
More on our visit to thearea next time. Until then, plan your own visit to these wineries and mention that sent you.
Margaret River wine producers say a focus on quality rather than quantity is key to the future success of the region. The burgeoning international reputation of the region's wines was furthered last week, as two Margaret River Chardonnays were placed in the world's top three at the prestigious Judgement of Montreal in Canada.
…with a lot is Benziger from Sonoma County - a New York transplant family from the White Plains area. A lot of people in our area remember them and were childhood friends. We've worked with their Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and Merlots. For a store that is otherwise very small, it's unusual for us to bring in that many wines from one producer, but that family has a special place in this area.
The two Chardonnays came as a huge surprise. In a blind tasting these would easily be distinguished for fine white, and they've gone from comparing the wines to that general to specifying specific subregions.
$ 93, 13% abv.
Touches of honey and light floral elements with a bit of vanilla. Deep and rich with concentrated flavors, bright acidity, and a beautiful …
Mike's Chardonnays are balanced, harmonious, elegant, and exhibit a great deal of finesse.
They are juicy, yet focused, and are never buttery, as Mike does not let his Chardonnay go through malolactic fermentation. This is a common winemaking stage - a secondary fermentation in which naturally occurring malic acid is converted to lactic acid.
Chardonnays that have gone through "ML," as it's called, tend to pick up buttery, or dairy, notes. When "malo'd," …