Nicholas Allen Wines

Carte Blanche Chardonnay

9.12 ratings
9.01 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, 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
David L

13’ Carte Blanche Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. I first opened a bottle of this a year ago. I knew they needed some time. Unlike the 2012 that was heavily oak influenced.
Brighter, notes emerge after the wine has opened up in the glass for 20/30 minutes. Notes of poached pear, honeysuckle, crushed rock, light acidity . Nice bottle. This is much more “terroir- driven”. 180° different then previous vintages. I’ll open a 14 soon to see if it’s a bit more promising 🤞

13’ Carte Blanche Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. I first opened a bottle of this a year ago. I knew they needed some time. Unlike the 2012 that was heavily oak influenced.
Brighter, notes emerge after the wine has opened up in the glass for 20/30 minutes. Notes of poached pear, honeysuckle, crushed rock, light acidity . Nice bottle. This is much more “terroir- driven”. 180° different then previous vintages. I’ll open a 14 soon to see if it’s a bit more promising 🤞

Apr 19th, 2018
Mark Flesher

Tropical Chardonnay with great weight and density. Went well with Greek food. Nose of pineapple and honey and a touch of basil. Entry that is also very tropical and quite dense. Mouth coating. Didn't compete with the food like I thought it would, but instead really danced around the fare. Went best with the basil pesto hummus. Finished with more acidity than it started with. Aftertaste was kind of strange, almost like a tart peach. I truly think this wine needs to sit another couple of years before trying again, but it's still a very solid wine for the price point.

Tropical Chardonnay with great weight and density. Went well with Greek food. Nose of pineapple and honey and a touch of basil. Entry that is also very tropical and quite dense. Mouth coating. Didn't compete with the food like I thought it would, but instead really danced around the fare. Went best with the basil pesto hummus. Finished with more acidity than it started with. Aftertaste was kind of strange, almost like a tart peach. I truly think this wine needs to sit another couple of years before trying again, but it's still a very solid wine for the price point.

Feb 10th, 2019