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Reserve Chardonnay

8.7136 ratings
8.07 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
Byron C Mayes

Bright gold. Inviting nose and medium full palate of lightly carameled apple, butterscotch, and white pepper. Medium plus acidity brightens it all from entry to medium short finish. The "popcorny" element of previous vintages has gone away in favor of a more balanced fruit to oak to malo ratio yielding a lighter version of the big Carneros style of Robert Lloyd's namesake offering. Very nice if you like this style. Drink now.

Bright gold. Inviting nose and medium full palate of lightly carameled apple, butterscotch, and white pepper. Medium plus acidity brightens it all from entry to medium short finish. The "popcorny" element of previous vintages has gone away in favor of a more balanced fruit to oak to malo ratio yielding a lighter version of the big Carneros style of Robert Lloyd's namesake offering. Very nice if you like this style. Drink now.

Dec 17th, 2023
Sipping Fine Wine

Pale lemon with tropical fruit aromas and heavy oaky spice. On the palate flavors of 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.

Pale lemon with tropical fruit aromas and heavy oaky spice. On the palate flavors of 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.

Jun 7th, 2023
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
Mark Schwarzmann

Good value, reminiscent of Schug.

Good value, reminiscent of Schug.

May 7th, 2024
Jeremiah Diaz

Crisp and refreshing. Lots of fruit. Great with alfredo pasta.

Crisp and refreshing. Lots of fruit. Great with alfredo pasta.

Mar 17th, 2023
Scot Walker

Apple, pineapple and vanilla in a full bodied wine

Apple, pineapple and vanilla in a full bodied wine

Jan 7th, 2023