Sonoma County Chardonnay

Bravium

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

I forget what I pay for some of these new ones I’ve never had.
Opened and tasted before I looked it up. Not bad for $15.00
I was hoping I didn’t pay over $30.00
Winery notes,

Rooted in the vision of winemaker Derek Rohlffs, Bravium is a study in patience and a mindful connection between land and wine. It's all about the connection between vineyard and what goes in the glass. "Terrior is a gift." Winery note: "This bright and balanced wine perfectly reflects the cool-climate Russian River Valley vineyard where it was grown. Brilliant yellow-gold in color, with fresh tree and tropical fruit aromas that are highlighted by candied apple, ripe peach, pineapple, brioche, lemon oil, white flowers, and sea spray. The wine opens with gorgeous sweet apple and pineapple fruit flavors, with vanilla and honeycomb notes. A finely-textured, invigorating mouthfeel, with a generous mid-palate and medium-plus acidity, is framed by crisp fruit and subtle oak-derived flavors. Hints of herbal tea give way to flinty minerality and refreshing acidity. The complex flavors linger on the finish of this racy and lively Chardonnay."
— 8 days ago

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Nicole Lowman

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I’ve really enjoyed wines from Derek Rohlffs so far.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

First time having any of his wines@Nicole Lowman

Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017

medium straw color, pale watery rim; lemon, green apple, hints of white flowers; citrus, wet stone; medium body, good acidity, 14.1% ABV; the fruit comes mostly from Riddle Vineyard located on a ridge in Green Valley near the town of Occidental with small amounts from the vineyards represented in their single vineyard program; whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented, no less stirring, no new oak; very good value at $30 — 12 days ago

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Krill Family Vineyards

Pellet Estate Sunchase Vineyard Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2017

Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Nose of lemons, citrus, melons, red apples, white pepper, alcohol, light pineapples and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, apples, pears, herbs, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with limes and grapefruits.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay. Spicy finish with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nice and elegant.

Good by itself or with food. Not bitter nor tart, and great to sip on by the lake.

Easy drinking, but has a lot of alcohol and it's not noticeable at all, so watch out. Tasty and enjoyable.

This is a great sipper on the boat.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$42.
— 17 days ago

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La Follette

Sun Chase Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Winery notes, Sun Chase Vineyard is planted on the west-facing hillside where the cool Petaluma Gap collides with Sonoma Mountain, this site overlooks a broad sweep of the county from the San Pablo Bay to north Santa Rosa. Our Chardonnay block with an east-west row aspect sits on a sun-drenched, rocky incline at 1000' where fruit yields are naturally limited with small clusters and aromatic fruit. Technical Notes: 76 clone, Whole-cluster pressing, 100% native yeast primary fermentation, 100% wild malolactic fermentation, 11 months in low toast, air-dry 3-year-old French oak, 25% new."
My notes , Aubert style without Aubert price.
— 11 days ago

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Ron R

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I'm going to dip my toe in the water on this one...

Aubert

UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.5

Aubert can do no wrong in our minds. Nor can my wife when it comes to my fave fruit cobbler...
Nose displays almonds and white flowers. The palate is so balanced, nuanced, elegant and precise. A perfect structure which segues into some sexy chalky minerality. Moderate sweetness and relaxed acidity define the individual identity of this chard.
— 11 days ago

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Ron R

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Yes, @David L. You put us onto this. As I recall it was the 2012 at your place, yes???
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Dude, you’re killing me that cobbler.
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@Ron R Thinking it was a 12 or 13

MacRostie

Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Ron R
9.0

A lighter version of chard from one of our favorite vineyards. Delicate honey, butterscotch and almonds on the nose and palate. Finishes with neutral oak, but a little too much acidity. Overall, a good presentation from this producer. — 4 days ago

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Raen Winery

Charles Ranch Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay 2018

Okay... back to back vintages. The ‘18 is IMO a bit more lean, mean, and focused. Ripe pear and Granny Smith apples with a hint of toast. Plenty of intensity, perhaps not as round as the ‘17. Similar in style, I think ‘18 is the better vintage though both are impressive. Balanced..displaying touch of minerality, the wine at this stage in its development needs food. Long, lingering finish. — 10 days ago

Josh, Shay and 4 others liked this

Peter Michael Winery

Belle Côte Chardonnay 2015

Nick H
9.4

What can derail you from Delectable for a few months? Perhaps a global pandemic and all the associated work it brought? Hopefully back to stay and rating the backlog that got me through it 😂 Classic Cali Chard - tropical, citrusy notes with almost a waxy or silky mouthfeel. Very little if any butter or oak, and always a delight! — 8 months ago

Shay, Severn and 5 others liked this
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MacRostie

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

The 2018 ‘Russian River Valley’ Chardonnay by MacRostie is a great new value that has some good cellaring potential. The soft texture artfully combines with lemon zest and vanilla cream, with poached pear and wet stone accents. The seriously good, near minute long finish, lingers. Drink 2020-2027- 91
— 6 days ago

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Kosta Browne

One Sixteen Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2011

This one’s for you @Andrew Neyer. Crisp, but weighty and fuller-bodied, with honeydew, orange, lime, toasted almonds, and creme brûlée flavors. A mouthwatering 30-sec finish. Fantastic. — 4 days ago

Shay, Andrew and 2 others liked this
Andrew Neyer

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@JJ Lumia you know me so well!