California Chardonnay

Peter Michael Winery

'Mon Plaisir' Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

Got to pop some special bottles when my good friend Shawn came in to town!

My second bottle to pop of the evening. In my experience with PM, this seems to be the most elegant/finesse bottle I’ve had. Of guessing blind, I think I would have gone to burgundy. And it has sub 14 ABV! I always assume PM is ripe, rich and full bodied but this was restrained. On the nose it was very tropical showing stone fruits, mango, sugar crusted guava and ginger shavings. Reminiscent of Aubert’s Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay on the palate as the acidity is really energetic. Crushed limestone, powdered lemon bar and a cotton candy like sweetness toward the finish. No problem popping these now.
— 4 days ago

Shawn R
with Shawn
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Aubert

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Take back everything I said about Mark’s Russian River Wines. This one is something I would buy a case or two of. Just sensational effort by Mark! — 5 days ago

David, Eric and 59 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Who opened that for you, UPS or FEDEX?
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We opened both of them last night. Sonoma Coast & the Russian River...No comparison. Russian River was that much better. One of my brothers from the WNH let us all know on a text that these are PNP.

Aubert

Hudson Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.4

A few fun bottles from last Friday.

This only solidified my thought that Aubert’s Hudson chard is best enjoyed closer to release than their other single vineyard designates. Yellow fruit, powdered sugar lemon bar, and a “juicy fruit” note I commonly associate with Peter Michael chards. Great mouthfeel thanks to rich viscosity and enough acidity to keep it entertaining. Thanks
@Dan Fitzgerald
— 16 days ago

Dan FitzgeraldMark Flesher
with Dan and Mark
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Orin Swift

Mannequin California Chardonnay 2017

A blend of (changes each vintage) mostly Chard, with Sauv Blanc and Muscat, aged in 35% new French oak for 8 mos. Grapes sourced from some new AVA’s this year, Sonoma Coast, RRV, Santa Lucia Highlands & Atlas Peak AVA’s. Pale lemon with aromas of stone & citrus fruits with complex floral spice. The palate shows flavors of peach and apple with hints of sweet lemon, vanilla and wet stone. The wine is well balanced with integrated oak, crisp, lively acidity and a long finish ending with pepper and mineral. — 11 days ago

Shay, Dawn and 6 others liked this

Talbott

Estate Grown Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Divine! Refined. Yet not too un-subtle. It will embrace you with a baked apple-y vanilla lemon curd butter hug. That’s a good hug. But it is bright and lovely. Still there is a zing and brightness to counter anything hinting at rich. Good stuff. — 10 days ago

Paul, David and 11 others liked this

Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017

So consistently good. Lemon, citrus notes, followed by wet stones and fresh acidity and minerality. I need more of this in my life! — 6 days ago

Sharon, Severn and 17 others liked this

Hartford Court

Three Jacks Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

16’ Hartford Court Three Jacks Vineyard.
Better then my last bottle!! Medium/deep golden color to it. Tangerine, dried apricot, banana, a drop of caramel.
Medium+ bodied, vibrant & fresh, with good acidity & nice richness. No need to hold on to these wines. Enjoy!
— 12 days ago

David, P and 43 others liked this

Rochioli

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014

First time trying this producer - lovely chard. On entry lemon curd & butter; as it develops slightly more mineral-driven with sugar-coated lemon, assorted citrus, bruised pear, orange, and ginger. Big bodied yet still gulpable. — 6 days ago

Krystal Vento
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Aubert

Carneros Chardonnay 2017

Lemon peel, apples, and floral notes. The oak seems to be kept nicely in check by the acidity. Was expecting a bigger mouthful and it freshness was a pleasant surprise. — 7 days ago

Eric, Stanley and 15 others liked this

Aubert

Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.5

A few fun bottles from last Friday.

I’ve had quite a few vintages of this wine and they all remain very consistent, so I won’t create a new tasting note aside from calling out the power and richness this highlighted next to a few other different Aubert’s on the table. Lauren is consistently my favorite offering from Aubert because of the profile it displays...so much concentrated fruit alongside honeyed sea salt, lemon cream and marzipan. This 2014 is still powering through and may even get better over the next couple years. Thanks
@Dan Fitzgerald .
— 16 days ago

Dan FitzgeraldMark Flesher
with Dan and Mark
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