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Categorized | California, White Wine



IMG 2221 thumb CORKSCREWS TOP CHARDONNAY’S OF 2009                                                        IMG 2220 thumb CORKSCREWS TOP CHARDONNAY’S OF 2009


Matanzas Creek Winery-Chardonnay-Sonoma Valley-California-2005-$21.99-A crisp nose of citrus fruit, golden color.  A nice, smooth, good acidity, drinking wine with lemon oil, orange zest, and hazelnut with just the right amount of oak.  I have reviewed the 2006 also, this was a better vintage, not by much but enough that you would notice.       RP-90      CR-4-4.5       Good with seafood, chicken and salads.

Pessagno-Sleepy Hollow Vineyard-Chardonnay-Santa Lucia Highlands-California-2005- $35.00-The nose was crisp, zesty acidity, great color of bold yellow, wine was right on edge, a few more months and it would be past it’s peak.  It needed a few minutes to open, then was very smooth, vanilla, citrus and subdued oak.  A great Chard, at this price level, a special occasion wine, the 2006 is available in stores now.  I visited this winery a couple years ago, worth seeking it out if you are in the Monterey area.     NR      CR-4.5      Great with chicken, seafood, pasta.

Stonestreet-Alexander Valley-Chardonnay-Healdsburg-California-2006-$19.98-A nice clean tropical fruit nose, golden in color.  Smooth, honey, pear, full-bodied with the right amount of oak.  A very good Chard, delivers taste of a $30 wine.        RP-92      CR-4-4.5      Good with chicken, salads, pasta. 

Castle Rock Winery-Chardonnay-Barrel Fermented-Central Coast-California-2007-$9.49- Nice nose of vanilla and citrus, golden in color.  Vanilla, pear, melon with right amount of oak.  A good value, buy a case at this price.        NR         CR-4          Good with chicken, salads, pasta.

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