2016 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Cruz, Wine Review

From a 375ml bottle.  What a great size for a couple of glasses of white wine before moving on to reds.  More wineries should produce these and also 500ml.  Green gold in color.  This is young but already showing a lot.  The nose has vanilla and lemon curd.  On the palate, great acidity.  The lemon curd is strong with lighter vanilla notes.  Lovely texture.  Long finish.  This wine is very food friendly but also will drink well on its own.  It should improve over the next few years. 

2015 Shafer Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch, USA, California, Carneros, Wine Review

Green/gold in color.  There is plenty of oak on the nose along with an enticing lemon creme.  On the palate, this is very rich.  There is a lot of oak, but it seems to start integrating in the glass and no doubt, will continue to do so if well cellared for the next few years.  Plenty of lemon and vanilla too.  An almost seamless texture which is very nice.  Depending on your tastes, this is drinking well now or needs five years.  Retail is $60.  It will work with richer but lighter foods.  

2012 Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Blagny, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some oak, its a bit tinny along with some nice lemon chiffon.  On the palate, lemon tart with some confectionery sugar.  Slightly oily texture.  Soft.  Some depth.  Long finish.  This retails for around $70 and that is the question.  Is it worth it.  A very nice wine to be sure, but it would seem there are plenty of Chardonnay's at this quality level for less money.  It is reasonably food friendly.  Of course, the other issue with white Burgundies is whether they will age or will oxidize prematurely.  Caveat Emptor.  

2016 Calina Chardonnay Reserva, Chile, Valle Central, Wine Review

This is a $10 Chardonnay from Chile.  It is hard to provide "Amazing" at this price point, but this wine is solid, easy drinking and fairly priced.  Yellow/green in color.  The nose has minerals and slight lemon fruit.  On the palate, this is easy drinking with low noticeable acidity.  More grapefruit than lemon on the palate.  Works great on its own especially for a large gathering.    

2017 Anthony Road Chardonnay Unoaked, USA, New York, Finger Lakes, Seneca, Wine Review

Light golden in color.  The nose has some grapefruit on it along with a bit of lemons and slight apple note.  On the palate, this has tons of grapefruit.  Great acidity.  Long finish.  A very unique take on Chardonnay in many ways more resembling a Sauvignon Blanc.  Would work with a wide variety of foods.  Porbably best drunk in the next few years.  

2013 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Cruz, Wine Review

This was very tight at first.  Probably should have decanted for an hour.  After a bit, it opened and was excellent.  Yellow/gold in color.  The nose is vanilla/lemon cream.  Although "Burgundian" certainly could be used, it is a pretty consistent nose from this vineyard.  On the palate, this has a creamy texture.  Nice lemon cream with a touch of vanilla and an underlying minerality.

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