California Chardonnay

Rombauer Vineyards

Carneros Chardonnay 2017

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, oak, butter, spices, melons, red apples and lemons.

Full bodied, bold and buttery, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with lemons, grapefruits, apples, pears, almonds, pineapples, oak, vanilla, spices, sea salt, minerals and white pepper.

Long finish with tangy limes.

This is a great Chardonnay from Carneros, California. Buttery and bold and not too oaky, even for my taste.

Very smooth and enjoyable by itself or with food. Rich and extracted.

Robert Parker 90 points.

Thank you, Elvira for sharing. I paired it with Cheeses, crackers and great company.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 6 days ago

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Sandhi Wines

Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2012

II’ve loved all the Sandhi 2012 range of whites & this £65 S&B is superb 👍 Paired with enough curry to get a small village going regular for a week 🤣 💨 sorry I didn’t take pics of that feast 😁

📍 Sandhi Sandford & Benedict Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2012 @sandhiwines

🏵 94 points

🍷 Golden yellow

👃 Chopped pineapple, crushed rock mineral, lemon oil, key lime pie, honey gloop & white jasmine flowers w/ light oak, vanilla & apple

👄 Med+ body of creamy refreshing clean tropical & citrus yummyness without being overly syrupy & a hit of green apple, pineapple, honey & minerality in med acidity

🎯 Med+ fresh apple, citrus & tropical trickle w/ a dry mineral honeyed pineapple slapette
— 5 days ago

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The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Another with @Kimberly Anderson and crew in Chicago. Lots of tension here with fresh honeysuckle and lychee, the fruit and oak are still battling it out a bit so I’d say this needs more time in bottle, but a beautiful expression of CA Montrachet style Chardonnay from one of the leaders. — 2 months ago

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Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010

The 2010 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay shows the impressive aging potential of these wines. On the nose there is lovely musty and tertiary aromatics that pick up including wild mushroom, peat moss alongside vanilla cream. The palate shows good tension and is better warmed up. Sourdought bread, Meyer lemon cream and poached pear flavors all come together nicely with cinnamon and damp earth undertones. This shows that great Napa Chardonnay can age. Drink 2018-2022- 91 — 3 days ago

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Ultramarine Wines

Blanc de Blancs Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

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In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend for comparative research reasons. Hard way to spend a Monday...

It hurt me to open this as I knew it would be painfully young...and it was 😔. But, in the name of science, it was analyzed! Most distinctive out of the lineup. Straight up cream soda mousse. Definitely oxidative in style but not channeling any of those sherry like notes. This carried ripe tropical fruits and a touch of honeycomb, versus the ‘13 I opened a few months back that was completely open for business with marzipan & roasted cashews. Hold this.
— 3 days ago

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That rosé was straight fire. Curious to try the BdB.
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@Isaac Pirolo : These are such cool wines. The ‘13 BdB I opened back in December was pretty accessible and delicious so if you find a ‘13, don’t hesitate.


Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

I had an ‘09 Aubert Lauren a couple years ago and it was drinking superbly....but now it has fallen off a cliff. The fruit is all but gone, there is a weedy muddled quality with notes of marzipan and petrol. Aubert chards are some of the best CA has to offer but if this perfectly stored bottle from @romo is any indication, they are not made for the long haul. — 4 days ago

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Jesse Pender

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I do not drink too many white wines over 5 years old. Besides sweet or fortfied wines are there ones you suggest past this time frame?
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@Jesse Pender one producer that comes to mind immediately is Kongsgaard. I’ve had an ‘03 and an ‘05 that are drinking beautifully. The SQN whites are also funky good with bottle age are Haut Brion and Pape Clement Blanc. I’m sure others have additional thoughts.


Skyside Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016

Had another bottle. Founded in 1977 by English businessman Peter Newton and his Chinese wife Su Hua. Newton was already a pioneer of winemaking in Napa, having founded the Sterling Winery in the 1960s. Clear golden color with aromas of stone fruits and sweet spice notes. The palate shows basic stone fruits of peach and apple with some honey and a bit of oak. Crisp, good balance, medium finish, slight mineral and oaky on the soft ending. Good value. — 2 days ago

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Paul Hobbs

Edward James Estate Chardonnay 2013

The 2013 Edward James Estate Chardonnay is a show-stopping wine from the talented winemaking team of Paul Hobbs. After a few years in bottle this is showinf beautifully. On the nose this offers an exotic bouquet of pineapple, ripe banana and vanilla crème brûlée which soar from the glass. The palate reveals similar characteristics, ripe tropical fruits and a backed by a gorgoeus seamless texture that glides effortlessly through the mid-palate. Overall this is a sensational bottle of Chardonnay, and while it is drinking remarbably well now, it should continue to evolve over the next decade or so. Drink 2019-2030- 95 — 3 days ago

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Clendenen Family Vineyards

The Pip Young Vines Le Bon Climat Chardonnay 2015

Pip was a border collie at the winery and an entire line-up of wines was named after her. Important attributes of “Pip” wines are a shorter barrel age with less new wood using fruit from younger vines. These wines are drinkable upon release. Medium straw color, delicate aromas of stone and tropical fruits. On the palate subtle fruit flavors of apple and pear, with a mineral character. Medium finish enjoyable, good value! Tasting Sample! @delectable — 3 days ago

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Keefer Ranch Chardonnay 2011

Drink ‘em if you got ‘me. After an hour, this one’s not yet flirting with the edge. The nose is sniffable without needing a sip. Fun, indeed to see these can go baby go. Mostly because when a bottle of Chardonnay is purchased in the US, 98% of those buyers think it needs to be consumed before the sun goes down. — 4 days ago

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