Category Archives: Chardonnay

CrossKeys Vineyards: Wines with a Sense of Place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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A revelation as to the promises of grape growing and winemaking in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley came to us in 2015, when we visited Muse Vineyards in the town of Woodstock, in historic Shenandoah County, and tasted their Virginia Governor’s Cup-winning … Continue reading

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Streicker | Old Vine Chardonnay | Margaret River | Australia | 2012 | $35 | 92 Points

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“Highly Recommended” It is not very often that we happen across an “Old Vine” Chardonnay (unlike Zinfandel), so this selection from Streicker in Australia’s Margaret River wine region piqued our curiosity. Sourced from the winery’s oldest vineyard — the Ironstone … Continue reading

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PICKS of the RACK: Two Appealing Cool-Climate California Chardonnays

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Girard | Russian River Valley | Sonoma County | California | 2012 | $20 | 90 pts Based in Napa Valley, Girard Winery sources its Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch vineyards in Sonoma County’s cool-climate Russian River Valley (RRV). Dutton Ranch … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: James River Cellars | Reserve Chardonnay | Virginia | NV | $18 | 88 pts

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Family-owned and operated James River Cellars, located just north of Richmond, produces a thoughtful selection of single- varietal and blended wines from vitis vinifera and French-American hybrids farmed in nearby Montpelier, Virginia. Their Reserve Chardonnay is among our favorites, and … Continue reading

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PICK for the HOLIDAYS: Rombauer Vineyards | Chardonnay | Carneros AVA | California | 2013 | $35 | 92 pts

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If you are in search of a white wine that will surely impress your guests over the holidays, try this opulent Chardonnay from Napa Valley’s Rombauer Vineyards. Rombauer sources the fruit for this wine from the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), where the southern edges … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Martin Ray Winery | Chardonnay | Santa Cruz Mountains AVA | California | 2012 | $25 | 91 pts

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Rounding out our Chardonnay recommendations for the onset of summer is this graceful rendition of the variety from Martin Ray Winery in Sonoma County. The winemaking team sourced the grapes from two high elevation vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Antonin Rodet | Château de Rully | Premier Cru | Rully AOC | Burgundy | France | 2011 | $30 | 90 pts

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From the Clos la Bressande vineyard in the Rully AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) of Burgundy comes this elegant Chardonnay, offering aromas of white peach, orange blossom, and wet stone layered with flavors of nectarine, banana, and marzipan with hints of tarragon and dried pineapple on the long, luscious finish.  The … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Jenner Vineyards | Chardonnay | Sonoma Coast AVA | Sonoma County | California | 2010 | $18 | 90 pts

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This Chardonnay is vivid and pure, with aromas of lemon meringue pie, lime zest, and lemongrass followed by flavors of green apple, orange marmalade, and baked peach.  It’s medium-bodied with acids that are crisp and tangy, and there’s just enough oak to leave a creamy (though … Continue reading

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PICK of VIRGINIA WINE COUNTRY: Early Mountain Vineyards

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The rolling hills around Charlottesville, Virginia, are glorious this time of year.  It is springtime in the Virginia Piedmont – Jefferson’s beloved countryside and home to many of the state’s 250 wineries that endeavor to fulfill the founder’s vision.  Among these is Early … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: Saudé Creek Vineyards | Chardonnay Reserve | Virginia | NV | $27 | 88 pts

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Saudé Creek Vineyards is located on the Pamunkey River in New Kent County, Virginia, about halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg in the state’s Tidewater region.  The winery produces a thoughtful selection of red and white wines from both French-American hybrid varieties and traditional vinifera varieties.  … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA WINE REVIEW: Selections from Rockbridge Vineyard

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Family-owned and operated Rockbridge Vineyard is located in Raphine, Virginia, on the north side of Rockbridge County about midway between Staunton and Lexington, in the Shenandoah Valley.  Here owner/winemaker Shepherd (“Shep”) Rouse tends 17 acres of estate vineyards at an elevation of 2,000 … Continue reading

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DOUBLE TASTING: Joullian Vineyards | Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc | Monterey County | California

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We recently introduced you to Joullian Vineyards, located in Monterey County’s Carmel Valley.  We featured their 2011  Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, which we found to be complex and delicious.  Click here for that review.  We have since tasted two other Joullian whites … Continue reading

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