Category Archives: Chardonnay

Sonoma State Sensory Evaluation Workshop

Staying ahead of flaws in the cellar and quantifying perceptual differences and consumer preferences are critical to a winery’s bottom line.  Following our return from New Zealand, Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute will partner with VESTA to again offer this … Continue reading

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Reata Chardonnay 2010

Reata, Carneros, Chardonnay 2010 The nose features freshly baked biscuits dabbed in butter topped with peaches – you get a sense of the fruit accentuated by the winemakers touch. In the mouth the texture is luscious, buttery with the freshness … Continue reading

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Bollinger La Grande Annee 2000

Bollinger, Champagne, La Grande Annee, Brut 2000 The nose is nutty, featuring dried fruits, oranges with brown spices and a note of mushrooms sauteed in butter. In the mouth this vintage is elegant, with subtle orange and apple flavors, and long, … Continue reading

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Wines of British Airways first class

During a trip to Italy and Slovenia we had the opportunity to sample a number of delicious wines while in the care of BA. First up was a tasting of 2 bubblies in the lounge at Heathrow. Pol Roger, Champagne, … Continue reading

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Bonterra Chardonnay 2010

Bonterra, Mendocino County, Chardonnay 2010 The nose features fresh stones fruits and a splash of new oak.  In the mouth the fruit expression is quite lively, citrus, apricots, peaches and the freshness of summer sunshine. Besides the Chardonnay, the grapes behind … Continue reading

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White Wines of Lake County

Shannon Ridge, Lake County, Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Citrus is the theme throughout the nose and on the palate, crisp and refreshing. Fermented in stainless and bottled under a screwcap closure. Vinted and bottled in Geyserville 13.5% and available for $26 … Continue reading

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Gallo Family Vineyards, Sonoma Coast, Two Rock Vineyard, Chardonnay 2008

The nose features minerality and golden delicious apples. In the mouth there is the vivacious flavor of Granny Smith apples and lots of acidity. At the same time the texture is thick, dense like a deep down comforter. The Two … Continue reading

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Viansa Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Viansa, Carneros – Sonoma Valley, Reserve, Chardonnay 2009 This is a rich style of Chardonnay, with the smell of apple pie – think of the freshly baked crust sprinkled with brown spices. In the mouth the theme of richness continues … Continue reading

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Plantagenet Chardonnay 2008

Plantagenet, Great Southern, Chardonnay 2008 The nose features freshly baked bread and citrus notes. In the mouth these flavors are augmented by a creamy richness and a brisk acidity. This is one of those Chardys that embraces the best of … Continue reading

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Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran 2008

Joseph Drouhin, Saint-Veran 2008 This Chardonnay combines the acidity you think of in fresh green apples with the slipperiness of a light pat of butter – nice, light-bodied Burgundy. Maturation is solely in stainless steel. Mis en bouteille par Drouhin … Continue reading

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