Category Archives: Chardonnay

PICK of the RACK: Joullian Vineyards | Chardonnay | Sleepy Hollow Vineyard | Santa Lucia Highlands | Monterey County | California | 2011 | $35 | 90 pts

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Aromas: pear; apple pie; butterscotch Character: dry; fleshy & lush; vivid & crisp; racy acidity; moderate oak; 14.2% alcohol Flavors: pear; Rainier Cherry; hazelnut; buttered biscuit; lemon zest; pinches of white pepper & cardamon Food Pairing: medium sharp cheeses; roasted chicken; grilled fish; seared foie … Continue reading

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“Classically California Chardonnay” Tasting 2013: The Winners

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“Classically California Chardonnay” (CCC) is how we refer to the full-bodied, rich, ripe, and oaky style of Chardonnay that has long been associated with California.  “Big,” “opulent,” “butter,” “peach,” and “vanilla” are common descriptors of this style; characteristics resulting from super ripe fruit, secondary (malolactic) fermentation, and prolonged aging … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery | Stafford, Virginia

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We recently happened upon Potomac Point Winery while driving along the back roads of Virginia, and what a pleasant discovery it was.  Located just 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., and only about a mile west of the Potomac River, Potomac Point produces a … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Rustenberg | Chardonnay | Stellenbosch | South Africa | 2010 | $25 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  pear; butterscotch; wet stone Character:  dry; full-bodied; creamy; medium acidity and tannins; subtle oak Flavors:  honeydew melon; apricot; vanilla; toasted almond; mineral Food Pairing:  cheeses; charcuterie; roasted poultry; salmon; cream-based dishes   Rustenberg Wines is an historic winery located in Stellenbosch, South … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Nicholson Ranch | Chardonnay | Sonoma Valley | California | 2008 | $30 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  ripe nectarine; lemon peel; wet stone Character:  full-bodied; fruit-forward; lush mouth feel; sprightly acidicity; oak Flavors:  butterscotch; tropical fruit basket; vanilla; cardamom Food Pairing:  roasted chicken; fried calamari; braised pork   Family owned and operated Nicholson Ranch sits in the heart … Continue reading

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