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Honeysuckle, mint, lanolin, and butterscotch on the nose. It’s got a bit of wet fur, old lemon and old popcorn on the palate. I’d be more inclined to drink these early but this was still solid. — 19 hours ago
Pale yellow with crystal clarity. A partial malolactic fermentation, gives this Chard a Burgundian kind of taste profile. Add the Carneros stamp and you have a very nice wine. — a day ago
I don't know how I managed to forget about these, but I did. Considering that I believe WH releases these chards way too early, I guess I subliminally stocked them away for another day. Tonight was the night to test drive one of these. Compared to an Aubert, Kistler or Marcassin of the same vintage, this one would most assuredly lose the head-to-head comparison. But, initially getting started this one had some rather serious acidity that blew off after 30 minutes. Nose was butterscotch and tropical fruit. The palate, however, was more mango and melon. Acidity was checked by a rather verbose middle which was more than I thought. This Chard has ample body. Not sure how this one would age vs. a 2015 Beau Vigne Reserve Chard that was opened by @Shay A . Honestly, those two chards in about 3-4 years would definitely show in favor of the Vigne Reserve. This wine has a nice finish and very nice acidity. Very surprised by this one, although nothing shouting that I need to order a case or two like with the 2015 or 2017. Almost glad I forgot about these now! — 16 days ago
Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines. Had this a year ago, distributor said this is a new run. First Brut California sparkling produced by Champagne Louis Roederer. Straw, nice mousse and bubbles for this 60% Chardonnay & 40% Pinot Noir blend. Crisp Apples, creamy mineral tones, nice balance with acidity. Lingering finish ending with oak, lemon and nutty characteristics. Consistent. Very nice! — 5 days ago
Wow! Everyone is always denigrating Chardonnay, yet it is the most popular white wine in the USA. This offering lends credence to the idea that it is the style and skill of the winemaker which makes the difference, not the varietal. This wine could be mistaken for a Chenin Blanc. It is crisp and clean, with fruity pear and kumquat fruits in the body. Please put aside your butter bomb Chardonnay PTSD and give Jac’s take on this grape a try! — 5 days ago
This is the 2016 Hudson Vineyard Little Bit. The first release of this select barrel Chardonnay. I’ve asked Delectable to add.
Coravining a taste to see if it will hold up under the backbone of a brined & rubbed Turkey.
The nose reveals candied & sour apple candy, meyer lemon, lemon heads, apricots, overripe pineapple, guava, beautiful medium intensity tropicals, buttered popcorn, honeycomb, bees wax, citrus blossoms, soft spice, butterscotch, lime candy, bread crust-brioche, caramel with fresh & withering yellow lilies.
The body is full, round, gorgeously sexy and like satin. The backbone, length, structure, tension and balance are incredible. Candied & sour green apple, golden honey crisp apple, meyer lemon, lemon heads, apricots, overripe pineapple, guava, green melon, nice tropicals, buttered popcorn, honeycomb, bees wax, citrus blossoms, allspice, butterscotch, caramel, lime candy, bread crust-brioche, caramel, limestone, volcanic minerals, dry river stones with fresh & withering yellow lilies and white spring flowers. The acidity is round & near perfect. The long finish is simply heaven over the palate...elegant, round and persistent as hell.
Only a 142 cases made and one of the best CA Chardonnay’s I’ve had in quite sometime. Get it before it’s gone.
This wine will continue to vastly improve with another 5-8 years in bottle. It’s an extremely rare comment from me but, this is a potential perfect score wine.
Photos of, Hudson Vineyard, Owners/Winemaker Lee Hudson and Cristina Hudson, Vineyard soil structure and Estate vines. — 21 days ago
Tasted this again, told it was a new batch. Roederer Estate sparkling wines are crisp & fresh reflecting the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley, home to estate's 600 acres of vineyards. Blend of 60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay. Light salmon tint, nice bubbles, mousse, berry aromas and biscuit notes. Strawberry, peach, apple and gentle pepper spice. Lingering creamy finish shows bright acidity ending with toasty yeasty tones. — 4 days ago