Light yellow in color with a golden tint.
Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, oak, yellow apples, spices, toast and white pepper.
Medium to full-bodied with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, light grapefruits, earth, oak, vanilla, smoke, spices, light earth and black pepper.
Nice finish with spices and limes.
This is a very enjoyable Oaky Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Showing a nice smooth and buttery mouthfeel.
Although an oaky Chardonnay is not my style, I really enjoyed it, especially with food.
I paired it with a very fatty Brie cheese and caviar.
A good quality wine. Neither sweet nor bitter, just very enjoyable.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$22. — 9 days ago
Sharp, dry, golden-appley smell with slight hints of white cranberry and candied ginger on the nose. Deep orange-tinged golden color typical of the variety. More interesting palate - lychee, cream puff, persimmon, toasty vanilla biscuit notes, gooseberry, and white peach with hints of orange blossom nectar and cooking oil on the finish. Very very nice and interesting. Not usually a big fan of chards but great showing. Awesome. — 4 days ago
$223 from Kongsgaard’s 2020 offering. Likely only one of the nice things to come from 2020. I may have tapped it a bit early. — 2 days ago
As you start your walk through their redwoods, there is a stop to taste their Chardonnay. The walk is relaxing & beautiful. However, you could still smell the char in the air as you stroll. The fire came down the mountain to their property line. It was an on-site fire crew from San Jose, Ca that protected their property. When I left our visit, there was a strong smell of char in my shirt from the breeze blowing down the mountain that had burned above them.
Their 16 Chardonnay is good. It’s Napa/Sonoma classic in fruit profile and not crushed in new oak which is the way I prefer it. Green apple, lemon, lime, some pineapple, cream, medium backbone, limestone, grey volcanics, lilies, white flowers & jasmine. The acidity is quite refreshing with a nicely polished & not overdone finish. Wire to wire a pleasant Chardonnay.
Photos of; their main house out front where you approach the property, inside tasting salon area, outside branded bar and another vantage point of their woods behind their tasting room. — 21 days ago
First time trying this “villages” Chardonnay from Matthiasson. For the price quite nice. I think it satisfies the concept of a more accessible less expensive introduction to their Chardonnay - ie, a villages wine - quite well. Very good pairing with a goat cheese and broccolini tart. — 6 days ago
Similar to the 2017, I expected this to be a big butter bomb (knowing the general Plumpjack style) but it was quite steely initially, before opening up and showing a touch more roundness from the scant use of oak. Believe this is aged 70-80% stainless. On both the nose and palate, I picked up banana bread, melon and cantaloupe, with roasted lemon and honeyed pineapple toward the finish. It goes back and forth between coming across as a super viscous SB, and a lighter/mineral Napa Chardonnay (though not as flabby as some Napa chards can be).
I found this to be a step up from the 2017, and is definitely best enjoyed right above cellar temp. My thanks to my friend @Ron R for his generosity in sending this after hearing of my less than stellar experience with their 2017. — 20 days ago
Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965. Today, their son Hugh, continues their mission. Coming off their highly successful 12’ & ‘13 vintages, the 2014 is also 100% Chardonnay straw with aromas of floral stone fruits and citrus notes. A terrific crisp sparkler with crisp apple, peach and lemon flavors, fine mousse with tiny bubbles. Tangy acidity on a lingering finish ending with a yeasty creamy character. Nice! — 21 days ago
I really like this as it is true to Napa but not over the top. Excellent integrated oak with good acidity and lemon with a bit of cream. Has some grass/flower like flavors as well. Enjoyable. — 6 days ago