California Chardonnay

Spoto Wines

Napa Vallley Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.0

@Delectable Wine : This is the Spoto Napa Valley Chardonnay. I didn’t see it in the database.

Stuart Spoto and his wife spent some time visiting TX for a few days and put on a nice tasting at Classic. Talk about micro production, they only do around 500 cases of wine total across their 5-7 wines. Kind and salt of the earth type people.

This is the first time they’ve done this chardonnay as they’ve normally done an Oakville one. I asked Stuart where the fruit was from and he said spring mountain. Wow! Never would have guessed. This is light, acidic, and fairly Burgundian. Oak gives this a banana bread type note, but plenty of slate and stone fruits here. Young. Needs another year or two.
— a day ago

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Kistler

McCrea Vineyard Athearn Estate Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

Opened a few fun bottles to celebrate my birthday this past weekend. Cheers to 31!

This is one of the better young Kistlers I’ve had. In fact, there was a lot of similarities between this and some of Aubert’s Chardonnays (which are my favorite), in that there was a distinct lemon cream note all over this wine. Soft yet powerful, there was savory sea salt and marzipan notes aromatically. On the palate, it was almost glycerin like with ripe tropical fruits (pineapple, guava) and some white peach skin. Honey roasted cashews too. I thought it may be too acidic before I opened due to age, but this was drinking really well. Long finish.
— 6 days ago

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James Cahill

James Cahill

31, wow! If I am you, I’m buying tons of BDX and Burg so you can be drinking like a king in 25 years. And if you don’t like them in 25 years, you can buy yourself all the wine you like and have money left for your third home!
Shay A

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@James Cahill : Great advice! I know very little about burgundy, so I don’t have much of that. I need to focus on Bordeaux...I buy a lot of Napa because it’s what I know but older Bordeaux is truly special.

Lando

Heintz Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Well, I’m a little biased...I like this Chardonnay a lot. It is our interpretation of white burg meets CA. Lively tropical/floral notes, and great texture and mineralogy (unfiltered and unfined). A hint of toasted brioche leads to a luscious and creamy finish. — 8 days ago

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Beringer Vineyards

Private Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

The 2016 ‘Private Reserve’ Chardonnay by Beringer is a stunning wine by superstar winemaker Mark Beringer. Sourced from the Gamble Ranch Vineyard in the Oakville AVA, this wine starts off with beautiful aromas of apricot creme brulee, vanilla cream and kumquat with macadamia nut. The palate is plush and shows a seductive mouthfeel as the wine unveils vanilla cream, buttered popcorn, white peach, butterscotch and roasted pineapple flavors. Seductive and rich, yet beautifully balanced and layered, this is a complete wine by Beringer that will cellar marvelously for the next fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 94 — 10 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Nice review

Valdez

Ulises Chardonnay 2016

This wine was definitely structured, but I wonder if it was also a bit shut down too. This wine has a good Asian pear nose and a hint of peach. Very viscous opening. But a little muted throughout. Very satisfying by itself, but I imagine that any substantial fare would probably crush this one. I am hoping this wine might just be in a weird spot right now because I have had other wines from this producer and they've all outdone this one. — 12 hours ago

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Aubert

CIX Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013

This is certainly in the window right now, and Aubert chards are one of those ‘happy place’ wines for me. PnP served chilled. Tropical fruits, lemon, orange zest, and lychee acidity very well balanced by vanilla, brioche, and light mineral notes. A perfect crisp, refreshing spring bottle that complimented the spice of several Asian fusion dishes. — 4 days ago

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Hudson Vineyard

Little Bit Chardonnay 2016

I like this a little more than the Aubert Powder House, not as tart & salinity on the finish, but can’t go wrong with either one
Wine Advocate 99, $85.00 on release
Can’t find this on retail anywhere 🤷🏼‍♂️
— 3 days ago

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Great bottle! Hudson Chardonnay’s will be very tough to get Direct in two- three years. California love!!
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

I’m on the list, so I’m ready to go!

Bevan Cellars

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.4

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

White number three. Copying notes from my recent note about 6 months ago. No surprise here, but this was rich and powerful. After it warmed up, the fruits became more honeyed, and there was an added smoked butter note. I enjoy Ritchie vineyard Chardonnays, and with Bevan’s take, I always get a very pronounced nutty type note...this vintage isn’t as pronounced at this stage. Not a bad or a good thing...just a thing. This vintages seems a bit more focused compared to previous vintages. In my opinion, the best vintage of Bevan’s Ritchie chard I’ve had.
— 4 days ago

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Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016

After Jim Clendenen graduated with a pre-law degree in ’76, he was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for the 1978 harvest, and in 1981 he pulled a “triathlon” and handled three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France. Small crop, early ripening with concentrated fruit, aromas of tropical fruits and toasty notes. On the palate fresh pineapple and pear with oak tones, a bit creamy, almost buttery, a bit overdone, but still a good value. Medium finish with a round mouthfeel and bits of mineral on the ending. Tasting Sample. — 7 days ago

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Chappellet

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

For more than 4 decades, the Chappellet family has been crafting wines from fruit cultivated on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa Valley's Pritchard Hill. Aged for 8 months on French oak, (33% new) in its lees. Aromas of ripe stone fruits, citrus, honey and oaky scents. On the palate layers of fruit, apple, lemon and peach with balanced acidity and gentle toasty oak. Lingering smooth finish ending with fruit and oak tones, a bit creamy. Very well done. A joy to drink. — 12 days ago

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