Chalk Hill Russian River Valley 2008 Chardonnay, $35.69-$44.99, 92 points, is defined by its minerality; having a hint of nuttiness, subtle fruit, mostly citrus (Lemon essence) in a medium body. This Chardonnay is clean and crisp yet retains an elegant vanilla creaminess that says California.
This is another wine with a high alcohol level (14.9%), but in this Chardonnay it is almost unnoticeable, which is a good indication of its fine balance.
We had a blind tasting last night and two of our tasters scored this wine very high.
Canadians, who are visiting the State of New Hampshire might want to consider (QPR is not that good, but it is a unique wine to try) taking a bottle of this wine back to Quebec or Ontario with many other great deals available here. I've talked to many who say that the prices are much higher there, but which wines to invest in?
There is only three more days left (June 26, 2011) for the 15% discount on American wines (12 bottles-mix or match) at the NHLS.
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