Mirassou Chardonnay Central Coast $
For those Chard fans of a lightly oaked wine, this one fits the bill.
Fruits of peach and green apple with a touch of vanilla make this one
drinkable right now and not overpowering for light fish fare.
Pindar Chardonnay $(8.99)
A good bit of the fruit is gone by now and one might describe this as being
flabby, but hints of the oaked tropical fruit flickered like embers in a
dying campfire. Buy and drink
this one young.
Forest Glen Sonoma Chardonnay $
wine is in its Golden Years and the color is like honey with mellow tones of
toast and vanilla and honey flavors. Drink
this now, before it slides into flabby flavorless juice.
Mulderbosch Chardonnay $
it’s the sun or the heat or the salt air breezes but this example from South
Africa holds up well for those liking a bit of weight to their white wine.
Rich and buttery with a nice blend of acidity and fruit make this wine a
great selection for those that want a bigger Chardonnay.
Jacob’s Creek Semillon/Chardonnay $
A refreshing citrus and fruit dominated by lemon and apple flavors,
a great wine for the summer. Aussie’s continue to thrill me with
Black Marlin Chardonnay $
This bargain chard from Aussieland is a good solid example of the
creamy, buttery side of this white grape.
Good fruit with a balance of acid to make it a pleasant complement to
Estates Chardonnay $
A pleasant Chardonnay with nice melon and grapefruit flavors and a
pleasurable amount of oak to add body to this easy quaffing wine.
Chardonnay, The Cutrer, Sonoma County $$ (27.99)
A golden yellow with plenty of wood and citrus fruit flavors.
This is a wine at its prime with a major “drink now” sign on it.
There is a pleasant mineral flavor on the finish.
1997 Far Niente Chardonnay
Oak is the word from start to finish, with a golden hue and flavors of melon,
apricot and fig. This wine has
length and elegance but not for the weak at heart.
This wine has enough left to sit for another few years.
Wente Chardonnay, Livermore Valley $
The Wente family has been making great wine since 1936 and this is a prime
example. Generous bouquet of
apples, pear and toasted oak. This
dry, medium-bodied Chard with balanced acid pours out a pale gold hue and loads
your mouth with a creamy, vanilla, mineral and fruity elixir.
This carried the Salmon in a lemon, butter, white wine and dill superbly.
Bastard Chardonnay $? Keep the label,
ditch the wine, enough said.
du Cap Chardonnay $
A lime and citrus nose dance around the toasted oak bouquet of this wine.
Significantly acidic to be balanced with the citrus flavors.
The oak aging is delightful, but the body of this wine is surprisingly
crisp. No buttery, creamy body
which this wine hints at with the nose and the first taste.
A clean crisp finish.
Wynns Conawarra Estates Chardonnay $
As I found out, this wine can age. The 2000 is young but shows the creamy
consistencey and strong structure that this winery consistently provides.
Buy this now and cellar a few bottles, this one will be better enjoyed in
Wynns Conawarra Estates Chardonnay $
With 8 months in French oak, this wine delivers a butterscotch,
nutty, smoke-enhanced creamy wine. Great
fruit with peach overtones, but it is the weightiness and finish of this wine
that is so impressive.
Wente Chardonnay $ (11.00)
Pale-yellow in color, with flavors of vanilla, apple and minerals, this is a
medium bodied wine. The oak brings
a warm toasted taste, and tannin. It does not deliver the buttery,
heaviness of the Aussie and French Chards.
Strong, Reserve Chalk Hill Chardonnay – Price $34.00
(CA Supermarket) My last
experience with Rodney’s Chard was positive so why not try the Reserve.
Well, this wine was no slouch, lots and lots of up front Apple and Pears
and a crisp nose made this a very pleasant wine.
Perhaps not as buttery as the 1997 but what it lacked in texture it made
up for in abounding flavor. Some
more time in the bottle would probably to the trick.
Rating 90. Wino Hondo
Strong, Chalk Hill Chardonnay – $26.00 (CA
Supermarket) Smooth and not
overly “oaked” Chardonnay. This
wine displayed a pleasant golden color in the glass and nose of fruit and
butterscotch. A supple mouth feel
filled every sip, the finish lingered and provided a buttery sensation on the
tongue. Good value for the money.
Rating 90. Wino Hondo
White Chardonnay $ (14.00)
Lacking the body, texture and creaminess I have found in other Australian
Chards, this wine has good fruit, with peach, apricot and honeysuckle flavors.
A richer body and oak would enhance this wine greatly.
French Creek Ridge Chardonnay $ (11.00)
Oak gives this a body and creaminess with a classy vanilla flavor.
The length was disappointing since the set up is so strong.
I haven’t liked anything else from this winery yet, but this one was
1996 Byron Estate Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley
- I pulled this bottle out of the cellar thinking that I needed to consume
than a traditional California chardonnay. If you can find a bottle of
I'd give it a 10 out of 10 and drink it now. WinoWally 5/11/01
1998 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay
Reserve $$ 35.00
Yellow-gold, medium weight and a
smack of acidity greet you. The
acids mellow to reveal a clean crisp fruit flavor of apple and peaches.
A mild undertone of oak to add structure.
Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma County $$ (47.00)
Golden yellow and powerful describe this chardonnay.
Rich and full-bodied, this ain’t your mama’s chardonnay.
Be ready, Kistler has a distinctive toasted caramel bouquet to me and a
toasted vanilla flavor that sets this apart from the pack.
Kistler is a much sought after wine and their single vineyard Chards are
out of this world. This is a red
wine in a skirt. This is a big bold
wine hiding in a hue of golden yellow. If
I were going to Wino Wally’s for dinner, Kistler would be the Chard I would
Talbot, Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay.
$70.00 (rest.) A reasonable
Chard that lacked character and a defining taste.
The body was smooth with an acceptable amount of fruit, the finish did
not linger the way you would expect with a premium Chard.
We actually had the waiter bring a bucket with ice to chill this bottle
in an effort to make it more drinkable. Rating
Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Chardonnay
This wine had a yellow-gold color with a medium weight and body to it.
A smokey lemon and vanilla aroma rose in the chimney of my glass.
The fruit was plentiful with a bit of an apple flavor.
Nice fruit-acid balance. Should
hold up well to zesty foods.
Geyser Peak Reserve Alexander Valley Chardonnay $$
I did not get a lot of aroma from this wine which, for me, is the second
most important item of the process. This wine poured out a rich, golden hue indicating that, like
us all, Father Time has worked on the youthfulness of this wine.
Somewhat flat and acidic, there was not a great deal of description I
could give, though it still has a big, full body and a powerful alcohol kick.
Cambria Chardonnay – Price $65.00 (Rest.)
A very nice, smooth Chard with lots of smoothness and just the right
amount of Oak. The first taste
provides a Buttery texture with a crisp finish that displays a hint of green
apple and pears. Definitely worth a
bottle of your own. Rating 90.5
Iron Horse Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Green Valley $
nose of citrus dominates your glass as you pour this wine.
The wine starts off with the acids muting the fruit, but a long finish
reveals pear and peach flavors. Not
an oaken wine, this is lighter and crisper than most Chards I drink. A solid wine once the acid rescinds.
1995 Grgich Hills Napa Valley
Chardonnay $$ (26.00)
This wine poured out looking like a lager beer. The rich golden
color gave me the hint that I would find this white grape bold and big. This
wine gave me the nose of pear and fine French oak.
This was a big-full wine that weighted on my tongue.
backbone of oak makes this a wine for the red grape lover.
Palmer Vineyards Estate Chardonnay $ (11.99)
That’s 2.5 sommeliers on this one, yes it is a
winner from the North Fork of Long Island. This wine gave a great fruit nose and a strong Cortland apple and citrus
flavor. I do not think they carry
this all over the country, it was hard to find in NJ, but this is worth the
price if you can locate it. Do not expect buttery rich weightiness from this chard, enjoy it for the
fruit and low acidity.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Chardonnay $
$11.00 and 3 mice says it all. This
wine has a rich full body, creamy texture and a great fruit-acid balance.
Again, $11 make this, in my humble opinion, a Great Wine….
For those who enjoy the high priced White Burgundies, this is no Grand
Cru; however, for $11, this is one of the best white wines this red wine drinker
has had to date. Buy
it, Drink it, Enjoy…
It gave off a strong,
peachy nose and the fruit was there in the first taste.
The disappointment in this wine is that the taste did not last.
There was little left after 30 seconds on my palette.
The only reason I added the half mice is in the hopes that Elle McPherson
personally stomped these grapes and the fact that the price was so low in the wine world these
This wine hails from the award-winning Stellenbosch Winery in South Africa.
The advertising write up on this wine is that
this Chardonnay borders on the power of white Burgundy.
The wine did
not carry the thick, creamy texture of the white Burgundies, nor did it have the
power and silky smooth finish. Had
I not been thinking Burgundy, this was an OK chardonnay.
It finished a bit too harsh for me but the fruit acid balance was good.
wine, from the fruity nose to the low acidity, had me enjoying this from the
first taste. It has length and a smooth finish. The fruit lies all over this wine and my reluctance was to
drink the 1998. If the 98 was this
good, I will be searching the shelves for any remaining 97, THE year for
California wine. Not White Burgundy, no,
this is a rich, oaked California Chard full with ripe fruit.
Napa Valley Chardonnay 1997 - Firm oak backbone with butter and green apple
flavors. Could be mistaken for a White Burgundy. From a vineyard
best known for massive cabernets. $17.99 and well worth it. 90 points
William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve 1997 - Nice balance of
citrus acidity with soft oak and green apple flavors. Much better than
their standard chard. $12.88 on sale. 88 points.