2018 Frog's Leap Chardonnay Shale and Stone, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is a middle of the road example of today's Napa Chard.  Pale golden in color.  The nose is dusty with spice and lemon cream.  On the palate, the lemon cream comes thru.  Just a touch of oak showing.  Very nice acidity.  An underlying minerality.  Nice finish.  This is young of course, but drinking very well.  It should drink well for the next eight to ten years.  A nice drink on its own and will  work well with lighter foods.  

2018 Kutch Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Another quality wine from Jamie Kutch.  For the quality, this is a very good value.  Obviously very young, this showed better on day 2 although it was outstanding right on opening.  Green gold in color.  The nose has slight vanilla and lemons.  A bit of baking spices.  On the palate, this has a lemonade quality on day 1 and comes off as slightly sweet.  It all comes more into focus with air on day 2 showing dry with more depth.  Lemons and minerals.  A lovely texture.  Long finish.  This will need some time until peak, say three to five years and then should drink well for another ten to tw

2017 Tyler Chardonnay, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is a leaner in style, more energetic Chardonnay.  Thee alcohol comes in at 12.5%.  Medium gold in color.  The nose does show some slight smoke/vanilla but there is also plenty of pear and chalk.  Light to medium bodied with a nice backbone of acidity.  The pears come thru to the palate with a tart lemon lime note too.  A bit shorter on the finish.  Overall, a very refreshing Chardonnay that would perform better on its own and with some food than in a tasting.  It should drink well for the next eight to ten years.  Great with salads or fruits, and also cheeses, it will work well with mo

2014 Hanzell Chardonnay Sebella, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

In a recent tasting of California Chardonnays, this was my favorite.  It should be noted that I liked it more than most in the group and that is, I am sure, a style thing.  This is a rich wine that is really firing on all cylinders though starting to show some middle age.  It was older than most of the wines at the tasting, so that may account for some of the various opinions.  Anyway, I found it outstanding.  Yellow/green in color, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruit, vanilla, and citrus.  On the palate, this has a great, lush texture.  Creamy.  The grapefruit carries thru with a ni

2016 Smith-Madrone Chardonnay, USA, California, Napa, Spring Mountain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

Golden in color.  The nose shows a fair amount of oak (cloves and spice) and also some pineapple.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet but also has nice underlying minerality.  Some grapefruit and peach notes.  A nice texture.  Less oak on the palate.  Warmth on the finish.  Pretty classic Napa Chard in style but within reason.  At peak but should drink well for the next three to five years.  A nice match with heartier sea food and also poultry.  Drinks well on its own too.  For those who like this style, they will love it even more.  

2018 Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate, New Zealand, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is the middle level bottling from this superb winery in New Zealand.  Although New Zealand is not normally known for Chardonnay this wine makes spectacular bottlings especially their single vineyard offerings.  Pale silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with nice minerality and slight grapefruit.  On the palate, this is clean and very lively.

2015 Tzafona Cellars Chardonnay Unoaked Niagara Peninsula VQA, Canada, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$19.00USD

This was my first time trying this winery.  Tzafona is a Hebrew word for going north.  It is a kosher wine.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  Surprisingly deep color for an unoaked Chard.  Perhaps it is starting to oxidize a bit from age.  The nose is nice with slight pineapple and a slightly buttery and slightly oxidized scent.  On the palate, this is full bodied.  It has some crispness to it.  Notes of grapefruit and some butter.    Solid finish.  Over all a nice wine and very interesting.  It is already five years old, and should probably be consumed within the next few years.

2019 Flora Springs Soliloquy Vineyard White Wine, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review,

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

Soliloquy is the name for Flora Springs’ proprietary Sauvignon Blanc clone.  The bottle is labelled as white wine but it is a blend of predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, with Chardonnay, and Malvasia.  It is the top of the line white from this winery.  It is silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is pretty with floral notes and some cara cara oranges.  On the palate, this has a lovely creamy texture.  Very lush.  Flavors of bitters, limes and slight cream soda.  Dry.  A hint of almond on the finish.  This is a very polished white wine and needs another year or so but should be good

2018 Domaine Du Castel La Vie Blanc du Castel, White Blend, Israel, Judean Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

This wine and it's Red counterpart are some of the best values from Israel.  This is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Chardonnay and 5% Gewurztraminer.  It is basically the third level wine in their hierarchy.  Light golden in color with a touch of green.  The nose is nice with citrus, slight orange peel and slight floral notes.  Very steely.  On the palate this is light bodied.  Very crisp and refreshing.  It has some depth but it more about raciness than complexity.  Very food friendly or on its own.  A nice match for soft cheeses to start a casual evening outside.  This probably shoul

2017 Fairway & Vines Chardonnay Lodi, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is a label created by golfer Ben Curtis and Rich Parducci.  The wines are meant to be affordable (full retail is about $20).  This Chardonnay was made in steel and uses no oak.  Screw capped.  Golden in color, with a bit of a copper hue.  The nose is tight but with some air, it opens to show lemon balm, lemon grass, and just a hint of LemonHeads candy.  On the palate, the texture is slightly oily.  There is an interesting chalkiness to it and the lemon balm comes thru.  It is steely and easy drinking.  This drinks well on its own.  Very refreshing.  It has enough acidity to work well w

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