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CORKSCREWs REVIEWs Top American Chardonnay’s Of 2010

 

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Pessagno Winery-Sleepy Hollow Vineyard-Chardonnay-Santa Lucia Highlands-California-2006-$32.00-A nose of citrus and spice, golden yellow in color.  A smooth, full bodied Chard, lemon zest, minerals, grilled pineapple, perfect acidity.  I have had this Chard a couple vintages in a row and they have been great, drinks like a $60 Chard.                 WE-92               CR-91               Good with chicken, seafood, salads.

St. Francis Winery & Vineyard-Behler Vineyard-Chardonnay-Sonoma County-California-2007-$15.60-A nose of spice and citrus, golden in color.  A smooth white, lemon zest, minerals and vanilla toasty oak.  A very good reserve Chardonnay, this wineries reserve wines are all very good.           NR              CR-90                Good with seafood, chicken, salads.

Toasted Head Winery-Russian River Valley-Chardonnay-Esparto-California-2007-$12.99-A crisp nose of citrus, medium to dark yellow in color.  A smooth, full bodied Chard, lemon zest, vanilla, good acidity, good mouth feel.   A very good value for this price range.               NR               CR-88            Good with seafood, salads, chicken.

Three Loose Screws-Mia’s Playground-Chardonnay-Russian River Valley-California-2008-$12.99-A nose of bright fruit and spice, golden yellow in color.  A smooth full bodied Chard, pineapple, peach, with a creamy oaky but not over the top finish.  A very good QPR, drinks like a wine twice it’s price.                   NR                    CR-90                   Good with chicken, cheeses, salads.

Wellington Vineyards-Chardonnay-Sonoma County-California-2007-$10.99-A crsip nose of spice and citrus, medium yellow color.  A smooth spicy citrus mouthful, lemon zest, a good solid Chard, a great value.  Had last year, enjoyed even more this time.                NR                 CR-90          Good with salads, seafood, chicken.

Melanson Vineyards-Stone’s Throw Block-Chardonnay-Napa Valley-California-2007-$30.00-A nose of citrus and spice, bright yellow in color.   A full bodied Chard, lemon zest, orange peel with toasty oak,  seemed a little hot, but a solid wine.                NR                 CR-88              Good with seafood, cheeses, salads.

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Flora Springs-Select Cuvee-Chardonnay-Napa Valley-California-2007-$19.99-A nose of citrus and spice, golden yellow in color.  A solid full bodied Chard, lemon zest, spice, minerals, good acidity and controlled oak, a very good white wine.   Visited Floral Springs earlier this year, great tasting room, worth the trip if you plan to be in Napa.                NR                CR-90               Good with seafood, cheese, salads.

Robert Talbott Vineyards-Logan-Chardonnay-Monterey County-California-2007-$14.98-A nose of citrus fruit, bright yellow in color.  A smooth full bodied Chard, apple, lemon, pineapple with creamy oak, good acidity.                     WS-89                WE-84                CR-90             Good with seafood, chicken, salads.

C. Donatiello Winery-Chardonnay-Russian River Valley-California-2006-$13.33-A nose of spicy citrus, medium to dark golden color.   A full bodied white, lemon zest, hazelnuts, good acidity and mouth feel, almost past it’s peak but very good for the price.                  WS-84            CR-89          Good with seafood, salads and chicken.

Hutchinson Wines-Amphora Wines-Chardonnay-Peters Vineyard-Russian River Valley-Sonoma County-California-2007-22.49-A nose of fresh citrus, golden yellow in color.   A refreshing, smooth Chard, full bodied, pineapple, lemon zest, apple with vanilla oak finish, a really good white.              WE-83                 CR-90                  Good with seafood, cheeses, salad.

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Bernardus Winery-Chardonnay-Monterey County-California-2007-$17.99-A nose of spicy citrus, golden yellow in color.  A spicy Chard with good acidity, pineapple, butterscotch with a good finish, full bodied.                WE-88             WS-87           CR-88             Good with chicken, seafood, salads.

The Hogue Cellars-Chardonnay-Columbia Valley-Washington State-2008-$8.99-A nose of citrus and pear, blight yellow in color.  A smooth, medium bodied Chard, pear, with a creamy caramel finish, a very good QPR, drinks like a wine twice it’s price.                   WS-89               WE-87              CR-90                  Good with chesses, chicken, salads.

Ortman Family Vineyards-Chardonnay-Edna Valley-California-2007-$18.99-A crisp nose of citrus and vanilla, golden yellow in color.  A full bodied mouth filling Chard, lemon zest, right amount of acidity and oak, with a vanilla cream finish, delicious.   Drinks like a $30+ Chardonnay.              WS-87               WE-87             CR-90             Good with seafood, cheeses, salads.

Titus Vineyards-Los Carneros-Chardonnay-St. Helena-California-2007-$19.99-A crisp nose of spice and citrus, golden yellow in color.  A smooth Chard with a big mouth feel, lemon zest, pear, vanilla butter cookies, long finish.  A great Chardonnay at this price, drinks like a $40+ wine, worth searching out for.               NR              CR-90            Good with chicken, seafood, cheese.

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