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Reserve Chardonnay

8.7128 ratings
8.15 pro ratings
Mendocino, North Coast, 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
Sipping Fine Wine

Last bottle I tried was ‘15, this is no better. Pale lemon with tropical fruit aromas and heavy oaky spice. The palate shows basic stone fruits with citrus tang and pungent oaky spice. The wine had too much oak, probably used staves, but thankfully the finish leaves quickly. Pass, better Chards out there at comparable prices. Tasting Sample.

Last bottle I tried was ‘15, this is no better. Pale lemon with tropical fruit aromas and heavy oaky spice. The palate shows basic stone fruits with citrus tang and pungent oaky spice. The wine had too much oak, probably used staves, but thankfully the finish leaves quickly. Pass, better Chards out there at comparable prices. Tasting Sample.

Nov 29th, 2019
Byron C Mayes

Bright yellow gold in the glass. Nose of yellow apples and popcorn (but read on!)! Medium palate yields a great balance between baked yellow apples and *lightly* buttered toasted popcorn. Supported nicely by a backbone of medium plus acidity. Don’t be put off by my earlier description. The “popcorn” is ultimately a balance of malolactic and roasted oak. And the key word is “balance.” All of the things you look for in a California Chardonnay are there — oak, butter, pole and tropical fruits — but none of them overpower or dominate. A fine example of what Mendocino can do with this chameleon of a grape.

Bright yellow gold in the glass. Nose of yellow apples and popcorn (but read on!)! Medium palate yields a great balance between baked yellow apples and *lightly* buttered toasted popcorn. Supported nicely by a backbone of medium plus acidity. Don’t be put off by my earlier description. The “popcorn” is ultimately a balance of malolactic and roasted oak. And the key word is “balance.” All of the things you look for in a California Chardonnay are there — oak, butter, pole and tropical fruits — but none of them overpower or dominate. A fine example of what Mendocino can do with this chameleon of a grape.

Jan 31st, 2019
Byron C Mayes

Bright yellow gold. Inviting nose of yellow apple ale lightly buttered popcorn. Medium full bodied palate echoes the nose with medium plus acidity. Balance is key. Buttery to be sure, but everything else is there too. If you like the classic California style, this gives it in spades. Pair with lobster, roast chicken, or cream sauces.

Bright yellow gold. Inviting nose of yellow apple ale lightly buttered popcorn. Medium full bodied palate echoes the nose with medium plus acidity. Balance is key. Buttery to be sure, but everything else is there too. If you like the classic California style, this gives it in spades. Pair with lobster, roast chicken, or cream sauces.

1 person found it helpfulAug 14th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Straw color with tropical fruit aromas and heavy spice. The palate shows basic stone fruits with citrus tang and pungent spice. The wine had too much oak but thankfully the finish leaves quickly. Pass, better Chards out there at comparable prices. Tasting Sample.

Straw color with tropical fruit aromas and heavy spice. The palate shows basic stone fruits with citrus tang and pungent spice. The wine had too much oak but thankfully the finish leaves quickly. Pass, better Chards out there at comparable prices. Tasting Sample.

1 person found it helpfulSep 17th, 2016
Kyle Groombridge

Fantastic chard. The picture of balance in a white wine - creamy and buttery with some butterscotch, mango, pineapple, and yet a lovely acidity drawing you into another sip.. Drank the whole bottle and kinda want some more... Very good QPR.

Fantastic chard. The picture of balance in a white wine - creamy and buttery with some butterscotch, mango, pineapple, and yet a lovely acidity drawing you into another sip.. Drank the whole bottle and kinda want some more... Very good QPR.

Sep 2nd, 2015
Nehemiah White

Great Chardonnay as they come. I can ship it all evening, during dinner, or even in the early afternoon. I’ll drink it again!

Great Chardonnay as they come. I can ship it all evening, during dinner, or even in the early afternoon. I’ll drink it again!

Jan 7th, 2022
David Smisek

12/17/21. Gift from me. We it was great. Buttery and smooth. Yummy

12/17/21. Gift from me. We it was great. Buttery and smooth. Yummy

Dec 18th, 2021
Leah Weisman

A little buttery on the nose but fruity and light on the palate. Under $15 at Total Wine

A little buttery on the nose but fruity and light on the palate. Under $15 at Total Wine

Oct 26th, 2021
Charles Rosenfeld

This 2015 opened after chilling July 2021. Hints of melon and apple with minimal oak (guess I disagree with others). Taste crisp with mild apple and pineapple and slightly buttery, but little or no oak. Good to sip or have with broiled pink trout. Not my favorite.

This 2015 opened after chilling July 2021. Hints of melon and apple with minimal oak (guess I disagree with others). Taste crisp with mild apple and pineapple and slightly buttery, but little or no oak. Good to sip or have with broiled pink trout. Not my favorite.

Jul 29th, 2021
Bo Conrad

For a chard this is good

For a chard this is good

Dec 19th, 2020