Donelan

Nancie Sonoma County Chardonnay

9.081 ratings
9.035 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
James Forsyth

A delicious Chardonnay from Donelan. Certainly plenty of richness, apricot, white peach, floral elements too. But not remotely heavy. Nicely finessed and, goodness me, it's hard to resist a second or third glass.

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A delicious Chardonnay from Donelan. Certainly plenty of richness, apricot, white peach, floral elements too. But not remotely heavy. Nicely finessed and, goodness me, it's hard to resist a second or third glass.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! Such fun being part of the community - thank you to everybody whose wines appear on my feed. I've learned so much from so many people and value the constant sources of inspiration from everyone.

Nov 23rd, 2019
Shawn R

Oxidized with secondary notes of butterscotch, almond and fig. Acid keeps this one alive.

Oxidized with secondary notes of butterscotch, almond and fig. Acid keeps this one alive.

May 23rd, 2018
Bryce Wiatrak

A lovely, unctuous expression of Sonoma Chardonnay - cereal grains, peach skin, lemon blossom. A bit reductive - nicely structured.

A lovely, unctuous expression of Sonoma Chardonnay - cereal grains, peach skin, lemon blossom. A bit reductive - nicely structured.

May 6th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.9

First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. First up was the Nancie Chardonnay which is named after Tripp and Cushing's grandmother. It is made up of 100% Chardonnay from four vineyards with Sonoma County. The first two are from on top of Sonoma Mountain, then the third is from 30+ year old vines in the Russian River Valley and the last is from Green Valley. Aged for 10 months in 20% new French oak. 1,947 cases produced.

Medium to light golden yellow. Creamy nose with lemon curd, red apples, vanilla beans and a touch of stoniness in the finish. Medium plus acidity (7/10) with a lean medium body. Crisp attack on the palate with some yellow tree and stone fruits and a little bit of a creamy texture. A touch sharp in the medium plus finish. Drink till 2022.

$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $48.00.

First winery on day two in Sonoma was Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa with Meredith. First up was the Nancie Chardonnay which is named after Tripp and Cushing's grandmother. It is made up of 100% Chardonnay from four vineyards with Sonoma County. The first two are from on top of Sonoma Mountain, then the third is from 30+ year old vines in the Russian River Valley and the last is from Green Valley. Aged for 10 months in 20% new French oak. 1,947 cases produced.

Medium to light golden yellow. Creamy nose with lemon curd, red apples, vanilla beans and a touch of stoniness in the finish. Medium plus acidity (7/10) with a lean medium body. Crisp attack on the palate with some yellow tree and stone fruits and a little bit of a creamy texture. A touch sharp in the medium plus finish. Drink till 2022.

$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $48.00.

1 person found it helpfulJun 3rd, 2018
William Allen - Two Shepherds

Owner/Winemaker Two Shepherds

9.7

Racy acid , but great body & texture too

Racy acid , but great body & texture too

1 person found it helpfulMay 4th, 2013
Galen Drace

This is fantastic!

This is fantastic!

1 person found it helpfulMar 17th, 2013
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.1

Lovely, balanced Chardonnay.

Lovely, balanced Chardonnay.

Jun 29th, 2016
David Kline

Umm woah.

Umm woah.

May 30th, 2015
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

7.1

Rarely do I get so excited about a wine and am so let down by it. This wine is altogether pretty gross.

Rarely do I get so excited about a wine and am so let down by it. This wine is altogether pretty gross.

Dec 12th, 2014
Mark Freund

Pretty, tropical fruit and mineral driven Chard. Precise, refreshing with little interruption from oak. Nicely done.

Pretty, tropical fruit and mineral driven Chard. Precise, refreshing with little interruption from oak. Nicely done.

Oct 30th, 2014