Monday, March 11, 2013

Chardonnay (USA)

Though a commercial web site, provides an excellent introduction to Chardonnay wines. As is often true, has a ton of information;  if Chardonnay has never been explained to you, or if a refresher course is desired, then with these two links you have some references. If Wikipedia is your guide, they do have a North American selection, which is the focus of my current post (List of reviewed Chardonnay wines).

If you have a budding interest in Chardonnay, and if you are a movie fan and haven't seen Bottle Shock (Chateau Montelena), then the American wine revolution well dramatized, may be a fun way to introduce you to oaked Chardonnay, as well as some of the give-and-take of the Old-world/New-world styled vinification.

As opposed to the "Chardonnay sippin deva" I'm not particularly fond of Chardonnay; that makes me a wine taster's pariah, but I'm not alone; "Chardonnay conundrum (pun?) points emphatically to why it is best to approach each wine as an individual.
Having said that, as a wine grape variety, I generally find chardonnay among the boring ones (except for old-style Chablis), which is probably why the grape requires all manner of trickery from oak to ML to Franciacorta fizz.."
Thomas from Vinofictions
Though I've reviewed dozens of Chardonnay wines, only three have I scored as high or higher than 93 points, I hope that changes (almost four years later now, it has). Maybe, just maybe, it means that a high scoring Chardonnay is actually a great wine worthy of the high score!
This list should be titled: "Disgruntled Chardonnay reviewer's guide."
My list of Chardonnay wine (a work in progress) is aimed at the New Hampshire "Smart Phone" user as a reference aide.

A to Z Oregon 2014 Chardonnay, $14.99-$16.99, 90 points
Adelsheim Willamette Valley 2014 Chardonnay, $19.54-$24.99, 90 points
Antica Napa Valley (Antinori Family Estates) 2014 Chardonnay, $26.34-$34.99, 91 points
Far Niente: see Nickle And Nickle
Shafer Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2013 Chardonnay, $44.19-$51.99, 94 points
Shafer Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2014 Chardonnay, $38.24-$51.99, 89 points
Stags' Leap Napa Valley 2014 Chardonnay, $25.49-$34.99, 90 points
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay 2011, $5.99-$7.99 85 points (not reviewed)-oak and tart!

Index of all reviewed wines

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