Cuvaison 2020 Chardonnay Kite Tail

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

This wine has always been one of the outstanding performers in the Cuvaison portfolio and year after year is a wine that never ceases to impress. It is also one of those Chardonnays that makes you rethink Chardonnay because it is so beautifully balanced, so definitely handled, that it surpasses what most of us know about Chardonnay. Yes you’ll find light lemon-lime, green apple, kiwi, guava notes, but also viscosity and minerality. It also possesses a slight resin and stone fruit quality and maturity of fruit. That these vines are just 20 years old suggests there are great vintages ahead.

Flora Springs 2021 Soliloquy

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

For 35 years Soliloquy has been the flagship white wine from Flora Springs in Napa. The wine bursts with grapefruit, lemon, lime kefir, lychee, and back notes of resin, white peach, Asian pear and mango. The acidity holds the wine and fruit in check while allowing it to be a companion with a diversity of food. It’s comprised of 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Chardonnay and 15% Malvasia and a brief seven months of aging in French oak rounds it out. This is a consistently solid wine and year after year is worth seeking out. 605 cases. ORIGIN: Napa Valley. ALCOHOL: 14.2%

2012 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Olivet Lane Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

What a treat to try this at age 10.  Deeper gold but with a bit of yellow hues, clear and bright.  The nose has lemons, minerals, slight hazelnut and some oak/spice.  Full bodied.  Nice velvety texture.  On the palate, lemons and minerals.  This is slightly past its prime but drinking well.  Plenty of depth and interest.  This drinks well on its own but probably better with food at this point.  It would pair well with lobster.  Drink over the next few years.  

2020 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Chardonnay Reserve Langenloiser Steinberg, Austria, Niederösterreich, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

A portion of the Chardonnay is picked early for the sparkling wines while the rest are allowed to hang and develop.  This wine is fermented in barrels and then goes thru full malolactic fermentation.  It is allowed to mature in 2500 liter wood barrels.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  There is some oak showing on the nose as well as a hint of sulfur, both of which quickly blow off.  The resultant wine shows green apples, salinity, spice and slight lemon.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this seems richer than the nose.  Lemon cream, and spice with the salinity coming t

2017 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Chardonnay Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Große Reserve Langenlois, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Another impressive sparkling wine from this estate.  100% Chardonnay.  Disgorged in January, 2022.  12.5% abv.  Zero Dosage.  Pale, yellow in color with a nice stream of smaller bubbles.  The nose is big and excellent.  Minerality, chalk, lemons and slight salinity with lots of energy.  Crisp acidity.  On the palate, the chalk, minerals and salinity come thru but the lemon citrus is a bit more pronounced.  Long finish.  This is delicious.  It drinks nice on its own but will be even better with food.  This would work well with sushi but also a frittata.  Drink over the next seven to ten year

2020 Joseph Drouhin / Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

This is a very nice Chardonnay made from estate grown and purchased fruit.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some green apple often found in Chablis, but mostly grapefruit with some lemon.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is moderately crisp with a bit of chalky minerality.  Good finish.  It drinks well on its own and worked well with a caprese salad.  Drink over the next few years.  

2019 FEL Chardonnay Anderson Valley, USA, California, Mendocino, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with lemons, peach and slight green apple.  Medium to full bodied.  Little or no oak showing on this wine.  On the palate, this is crisp and easy to drink.   Notes of peach and slight lemon zest on the palate. Nice finish.  Refreshing.  It works better with food but is still a nice sipper.  Pair it with grilled sea food such as trout.  drink over the next five years.  

2019 Thummerer Winery Eger Battonage, Hungary, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

This is 100% Chardonnay from Hungary.  Gold with green hues, clear and bright.  The nose has a nice lemon cream with a bit of chalk.  Creamy texture.  Medium body.  On the palate, slight oak showing with lemons and slight vanilla.  Solid acidity.  Good finish.  This is a very nice Chardonnay especially for the price.  It went very nicely with a lavender and goat cheese salad at Callas Café in Budapest.  Drink over the next few years.  

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