California Chardonnay

Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Ben and I wanted to do a flight of Jarvis chards, so he brought the ‘11 Finch Hollow. The color difference against my ‘14 Unfiltered Finch Hollow was drastic! Much more amber in color, as though it had been oxidized a bit. It has an amazingly sweet nose...someone mentioned it was slightly reminiscent of botrytis. Lots of honey and marshmallow cream aromatics. It tastes like Werther’s Butterscotch, candied ginger and baked marzipan. You gotta love the style. Delicious. Thanks
@Benjamin Keator .
— 11 days ago

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Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013

This is a very tasty Chardonnay. This 6 years old is showing great complexity and balance. Showing ripen citrus fruits pears red apples minerals white pepper light tropical fruits.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Long finish with lemons and limes.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points
— 7 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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I love these with age!

Kongsgaard

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Popping this baby on account of it being my first Kongsgaard. Had to know if I should keep buying. This may be young but it’s already a determined bad boy. Looking forward to trying this with substantial age. — 2 days ago

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Aubert

Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Ron R
9.7

Subtle and sublime. Our favorite domestic Chardonnay. Montrachet-ish. Pine nuts and pineapple sail on. Salinity on the finish. Beautiful delineation. Text book example. Input on the notes from Shawn and David - DOMODOMO, NYC. A wonderful gift from @David L - thank you, sir. — 2 days ago

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Shay A

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Totally agree @Ron R . This is possibly my favorite Chardonnay next to Marcassin!
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@Ron R Ron Cheers 🍷
Aaron Hamrock

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We drank the same bottle tonight. Absolutely agree.

Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Unfiltered Finch Hollow Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

This was my contribution. Again, it was paired next to the filtered ‘11 vintage and the colors were incredibly different, with this being hay/straw colored with just a touch of cloudy appearance. If guessing blind, I would have called this Aubert SugarShack (which I love). Medley of lemon cream, marzipan and honeyed sea salt on the nose with a rich and powerful profile on the palate, yet it is nimble...perfectly balanced. Sweet oak, caramel dipped golden delicious apple at the finish.
— 11 days ago

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David L

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Love this wine!

Kistler

Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2004

Nice piece of Napa history went down tonight to celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary at Folly Beach SC. Herbal nose. Aged yellow fruit. Poured medium to dark amber color into the glass. An hour gave this one more aromatics. Cashews, peanuts, rosemary, overripe yellow fruits. The entry was surprisingly dense and full bodied. Palate rather equal to the nose. Finishes with a little more acidity than I thought it would. Went well with an eclectic group of tacos which brought out a kinds of things here. — 9 days ago

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Hanzell

Sebella Sonoma Valley Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.2

Date Night! First time tasting this producer. Not disappointed. Nose is lifted with honeysuckle, toasted almonds and quince. Palate is energetic and flinty. A kiss of neutral oak allows the pristine fruits to shine through. Finishes with saffron and bracing acidity. Well done Tak Room, NYC. — 3 days ago

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Eric Shanks

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Solid Pinos too
Hugh O'Riordan

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Hanzell made good wines in 60’s . Haven’t seen brand in years.
Ron R

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@Hugh O'Riordan 60’s. You’re prehistoric 😉

Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

I had the ‘16 about 4 months ago and found it to be more rich as this was slightly more mineral like in profile. It’s undoubtedly still massive and a beautifully round wine though. Maybe this vintage is slightly more elegant and finesse driven. Floral, honeysuckle, orange blossom, and sea salt aromatics. Focused and clean on the palate with honeyed almonds, wet rock, and lemon oil. Thanks
@Weston Eidson .
— 11 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : Nice! I’m curious to know if this was ready to drink or if it needed time.
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@Bryan Kesting : It will certainly hold for a few years but it was killer when we opened it!

Radio-Coteau

Savoy Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Medium-gold w/flecks of green in the glass. Nice weight in the mouth, ripe pear and hints of toast on the nose. Balanced acid/fruit with no noticeable heat or bitterness. Great food accompaniment. Stylish and focused... someone made some nice choices in the vineyard and winery. I don’t think these guys get their just dues. — 4 days ago

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The Hilt

The Vanguard Chardonnay 2013

medium lemon yellow; lemon curd, pineapple, brioche, white flowers, hint of smoke; medium body, medium+ acidity, 13.2 % ABV, lovely balance; sourced 56% from Sanford & Benedict and 44% from Solomon Hills, aged 11 months in 90% new French oak, 50% malolactic fermentation — a day ago

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