North Coast 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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Carneros Chardonnay 2014

Kirk F

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! — 5 days ago

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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 — 4 days ago

Schramsberg Vineyards

Reserve Sparkling Blend 2009

Shay A

Day 4 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Oxidative and really good. Similar to the ‘08 I opened a few months back. Nutty, great honey/creamy texture. Caramel and roasted cashews. I enjoy these younger vs the JSchram.
— 17 days ago

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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. — 3 days ago

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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! — 13 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.
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@Mark Flesher : Great wine, Mark!


Brut Blanc de Noirs North Coast Sparkling Pinot Noir 2014

Always reliable vintage after vintage. In 2014 its 90/10 pinot/chardonnay and shows the richness and character of the red fruit yet with an incredibly pale color. Orange peel and green strawberry notes with a yeastiness to support on the mid palate. — 7 days ago

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Peters Family Winery

Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2002

Greg Ballington

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.

@Sean Ballington for bringing!
— 13 days ago

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Sean... who dat???

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. — 12 days ago

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Michael Mondavi Family

Oberon Los Carneros Chardonnay 2016

Winemaker Tony Coltrin was born in St. Helena and is a lifelong Napa Valley resident. Light straw with fresh crisp citrus and stone fruit aromas. The palate shows fruit, peach, apple and Asian pear, with lemony and toasty notes, lively acidity, wine spent 9 months sur lie in 33% new French oak. Medium finish ending with creamy citrus character. Delightful! Good value. — a day ago

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