Carneros, North Coast

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.

$39.
— 4 days ago

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Neyers

Carneros District Chardonnay 2016

Rich aromas of stone and tropical fruit with sweet oak spice scents. On the palate peach, melon and apple, with soft vanilla spice, rich & creamy. Lingering smooth finish, well balanced with lively acidity, ending with mineral notes. — 11 hours ago

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Adastra

Carneros Chardonnay 2014

Kirk F
9.0

Just enough oak and the result is a nice touch of butter alongside white peach and apricot. Nice weight and in balance. Easy to sip on with some cheese and crackers. Or just sip! — 2 days ago

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Baldacci Family Vineyards

Sorelle Chardonnay 2014

A bit on the toasty side, but still enough weight and interesting caramel apple and floral notes to add up to a very pleasant consumption. — 9 days ago

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Hyde

Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Showing off a really nice, dark core, the 2014 Hyde Vineyards Pinot Noir begins with a bright aromatic profile of nutmeg, cigar shavings, black cherry and wild mushroom. The salinity and mouthfeel of this wine is seriously good as the lip-smacking acidity brings you back to the glass for more. Black and red fruits dance with a touch of citrus rind and earthy tones. A complete wine, this gorgeous Pinot Noir will cellar well over the next ten to fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 94 — a day ago

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Peters Family Winery

Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2002

Greg Ballington
9.1

Last of the blind white wines. Theme was new world Chardonnay.

Deep golden yellow, definitely showing some age, easily over ten years. Super interesting nose, have never smelt a white like this before. Notes of chalk, cinnamon, cocoa, honeycomb, candied tropical fruits and brioche. Medium and well balanced acidity (5.5/10) and medium bodied. A bit toasty on the palate with some candied green apples and tangy lemon curd. Medium to medium plus finish. Drink till 2020.

Thanks
@Sean Ballington for bringing!
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Sean... who dat???

Starmont Winery and Vineyards

Stanly Ranch Estate Syrah 2015

Jesse Pender
9.1

From the Carneros part of Napa this is somewhat of a cool climate Syrah. Decent amount of cracked pepper layered over a smooth finish. — 3 days ago

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Arietta

H Block Hudson Vineyards Cabernet Franc Merlot 2012

Sensual nose; campfire, pen ink, roasted herbs, jerky, toasted oak, blueberry tart, cooked blackberries, Asian spices, puff pastry. The palate is nicely layered. All the same flavors of the nose along with red currants, bramble berry, and white pepper. In a really nice place right now. — 2 days ago

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Be fancier and say “quill ink” instead of “pen ink” @Joe Lucca it’s more regal

Aubert

Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay 2014

Giddy as a schoolgirl to try another vintage of Hyde. This wine has a rather fruit forward nose with a hint of herbs and crushed rock. The entry is very balanced between a mineral rich Chardonnay and a fruit rich Asian pear and under ripe peach. The middle of this wine turns rather dense, and finishes with rounder edges. This wine typically doesn't get the scores that the other SVD chardonnays receive. Fine by me, as it is usually the most available and my personal fave. This one will hold for a while! — 11 days ago

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I’m in agreement with Mark here. This chard and Hudson, to me, are normally the most acidic out of the line up, so I usually enjoy these more with some age to them. This is probably in its sweet spot for me. I’ve had the ‘12, ‘13, ‘15 and ‘16 and think this and the ‘13 were showing best. More bright and energetic compared to their powerful and rich siblings. Tropical and stone fruit on the nose, with a limestone like note on the palate. Definitely turns a bit soft (in a good way) on the finish. Drinking really well.
9.4
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@Mark Flesher : Great wine, Mark!

Ramey Wine Cellars

Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

The 2015 Ramey ‘Hyde VIneyard’ Chardonnay is a simply gorgeous new wine that is one of the best of its kind by superstar winemaker, David Ramey. Set on clay loam the marine influenced Hyde Vineyard has gained an international reputation for producing outstanding Chardonnay grapes. This Carneros bottling shows nutmeg, vanilla creme brulee, macadamia nut and heavy whipping cream flavors that impress. Lithe and rich, this gorgeous bottling will cellar well for the next ten to fifteen years. Drink 2018-2033- 94 — a day ago