Sonoma County Chardonnay

JAQK Cellars

High Roller Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013

Color of light gold. Nose of average green apple, a bit salty, a bit honey, light and above average. Taste similarly follows the nose, with some green apple, a bit salty, a bit nutty, some pineapple and apple, a bit off balanced bittersweet. Aftertaste is short with some zesty, residual sweetness, and warm note. — 4 days ago

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Aubert

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Gold color. Tropical and stone fruit with noticeable oak. Soft and balanced body. Long finish. On the young side I would hold a little longer — 13 hours ago

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Matanzas Creek Winery

Sonoma Valley Chardonnay 2015

Single-handedly responsible for the creation of Sonoma's Bennett Valley AVA, Matanzas Creek Winery has been championing the appellation since 1977. Winemaker Marcia Torres Forno, originally from Chile, moved to Napa Valley and cut her teeth at Cardinale as an enologist and later Kendall-Jackson as an assistant winemaker, before landing at Matanzas Creek in 2010. Their 2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay is full-frontal malo. Popcorn butter, roasted hazelnut, poached pear, with a side of grilled tropical fruit salad of guava, mango, and papaya. — 15 days ago

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Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Last of the 2015 😞. Nothing new to say about it, just that it's awesome as always. Will Segui, if you're reading this please convince TRB to introduce a tiered allocation system! — 10 days ago

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Rivers-Marie

B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay

2012 vintage. After 30 minutes of air this was a real stunner. This incredible vineyard paired with the winemaking skill of TRB makes it no wonder I was independently told by 3 people that this was the best chard in a room full of the best chards Cali has to offer. — 4 days ago

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Peter Michael Winery

Belle Côte Chardonnay 2015

Amazing juice! A creamy savory mustiness like a gorgonzola lumped in with viscous tropical fruit merengue, yet somehow light and crisp in weight and temperament. There are not really any white Burg analogies but who cares... — 2 days ago

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Aubert

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014

Gold color. Nose dominated by toasty aromas (pain grille anyone?) with a backing of tropical fruit. Full body, rather subdued. Medium+ finish. — 6 days ago

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David L

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@Jean-Francois Pelletier This particular wine is just not worth the money!
Jean-Francois Pelletier

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Agreed. Their single vineyard wines are much better.
David L

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Much!!

Arista Winery

El Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Was excited to try this and very happy to find that it met expectations. Ulysses Valdez is famous enough for his vineyards and the former Marcassin team makes the wine. So glad this wasn't in an overdone style, instead balanced and restrained but bursting with fruit. Can't wait to try more. — 4 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

Lively, complex nose!! A whiff of something from my early youth that I can't quite recall yet. Lemon, tropical fruit, and herb flavors. A great tartness which is really hitting the spot. Medium to long finish. I really like this! Great QPR based on what I paid! — 10 days ago

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Migration (Duckhorn Vineyards)

Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

The Migration label first appeared in 2001 as the second label of Goldeneye, both under the Duckhorn masthead, first focusing on Pinot Noir and later adding Chardonnay. Like Paraduxx to Duckhorn, it is no longer a second label, but a winery unto itself. In 2008 Migration, and by extension, Duckhorn, produced its first Chardonnay. In 2009 they produced their first Chardonnay from the legendary Charles Heintz Vineyard. The Charles Heintz Vineyard is located just outside of the town of Occidental where Charlie’s family has farmed the land for over 100 years. Two ridges in, and only about 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard is situated in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA. Heintz has become one of the most famous Chardonnay sites in California, with notable producers including Ceritas, DuMol, Freeman, Flowers, L'Angevin, Kosta Browne, Littorai, Migration/Duckhorn, Moone-Tsai, Pierson Meyer, and Williams Selyem. With its classic Goldridge sandy loam soils, and located just above the fog line, the vineyard receives abundant sunshine and cool ocean breezes. Super mellow Chardonnay, with candied orchard fruit, honeysuckle, wet stone, and some secondary hazelnut, with just a flutter of mushroom in the background. — 18 days ago

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Shay Aldriedge

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Wow. Didn't know they worked with Heintz. One of my favorite small producers, Montagu Wines, has a Heintz chard coming out in a year or two. Their Durell vineyard and Ritchie vineyard (with the help of Russell Bevan on the Richie one) have been outstanding. Looking forward to trying Heintz.
Tom Casagrande

Tom Casagrande

Very informative!