Consistently one of the best Chardonnay's coming from Napa. It is a hypothetical cross in style between a fatter Burgundy and a racier California Chardonnay. It is a bit tropical and definitely shows some oak, but used deftly. Always a hit when a bottle is opened. Pale golden in color. The nose has vanilla, lemons and minerals. Complex. On the palate, this is round but with enough acidity to make it work. Vanilla and lemon cream. Long finish. This keeps unwinding in the glass. Not a baby but not yet at peak depending how you like your Chards. This will work great on its own or
Sojourn makes some might fine Pinot Noir, this one included. Ruby in color with some purple swirls. The nose is bit but pretty with sour cherries, rhubarb, and earl grey tea. On the palate, this has a soft texture. Layers of sour cherries and forest floor. Clean. Nice acidity. Good finish. This will work well with lighter foods and heavier sea foods and fowl. It is drinking well now but should last another decade or more.
Garnet in color, clear and bright with darker swirls. The nose is very nice with cherries, candied cherries, some salinity and slight mint. A nice mouthfeel/texture. On the palate, flavors of cherries with a slight spice under them. Light tannins. Good finish. This is a middle ground styled Pinot for the Sonoma Coast. It will go well with salmon or fowl and also lighter salads. It seems a touch on the young side still so there may be some upside improvement. It should easily last another decade.
One might think an Albarino that is five years old would be way past it. Maybe more so if it were from California. In this case, anyway, that would not be true. This was drinking quite well. As I don't know the winery, it is not possible to say how this drunk younger or if it is better or worse now. It is, however, still quite enjoyable. Yellow golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is all about minerals with a bit of alfalfa. With air, a bit of citrus (lime?). On the palate, this has a nice cut. The lime comes out more. Refreshing. Good finish. It is light bodied. Indeed
This is quite different than the 2014. Of course, wine is subjective. This is much more similar in style to the Kendall Jackson Chardonnay or the Rombauer Chardonnay; both of which are big sellers. Light golden in color. The nose has some lemon, some butter and some oak/vanilla. On the palate, this is slightly sweet with some lemon notes that balance it. This will be better as a cocktail wine than with food. It should last for five more years but then may start to lose some of its freshness.
Tasted side by side with the 2016, this one was much more to my liking. Pale golden with some green swirls. The nose has slight lemons, nice minerality, slight chalk and little oak. On the palate, this is refreshing and clean. Dry. Mostly about the minerality but some lemon. Good finish. I believe this retails for around $20 which is a nice value. Ready to drink now, it should be good for five years. It will drink well on its own but better with sea food or salads.
This is still youthful but opens nicely in the glass and as we drank it. Light golden in color. The nose is very nice with lemon custard and nice minerality. Like most Rivers Marie Chardonnays, there is some oak showing but is used deftly and not at all a problem. On the palate, this is crisp and focused. Lemon cream and minerals. Long finish. This works quite well with food and also will work on its own. It won't get better but should easily cruise thru the next decade.
Purchased off a restaurant list which is a great place for this if priced fairly. It is ready to go and provides good drinking for the money. Light green/gold in color. The nose is more about tropical fruits than expected; mango and melons. Maybe some peaches as well. On the palate, this is big but not oaky. Peaches with slight acidity. Worked well with sushi. This should probably be drunk up by 2022.
Nice to revisit this at age 10. Mature and drinking well. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has black raspberries, black olives, charcoal and black pepper. On the palate, this is clean with black raspberry fruit. Some depth and complexity. Good acidity. Nice finish. This won't get better but should hold for a decade more. It goes great with food or on its own.
This is the base Chardonnay from one of the best producers of Chardonnay in California. It is really classic California in style, yet everything is in proportion and works. It is a great example of how good an oaked Chardonnay can be and not be over oaked. The winery uses no new oak, yet the barrels leave and impression as does just a hint of butter on the nose. Golden in color. The nose is so pretty with peaches, crème brûlée, a bit of buttered popcorn, and lemon peel. On the palate, this is crisp with peach, lemon and slight vanilla. Medium to full bodied. Good acidity. Nice fini