Had this with shrimp scampi. Banana, lemon meringue, vanilla cookie and tropical fruit on the nose. More banana, papaya, pineapple, vanilla and touch of spice. Awesome showing for this wine and drinking perfectly. Finish lasts about 30 seconds. I really think there Chards are just as good, if not better than their Pinot Noir. Interesting to see how things go with Cabral gone.
This is more like it! Pineapple, lemon curd, butterscotch and funk on the nose; butterscotch, sherry, banana and oak on the palate. Rich and full bodied, but good acidity. Nicely balanced. Drinking well now.
- Yellow color - One of my favorite W-S Chardonnays. Lots of butter, oak, and nutmeg on the nose, with a bit of wet stone. Banana, pear, and nutmeg on the palate. This is a pretty big wine, but the fruit comes through the oak nicely. The finish is pretty long. Served at 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which was perfect for this wine. The flavors came through very nicely. This has 14.6% alcohol, but it doesn't taste overly alcoholic.
Went well with risotto with fresh parsley and green beans. A nice wine, but the price is a bit high. Drinking well now, but will round out a bit with some more bottle age. I enjoy a bit of a mineral edge on my Chards, so this is perfect now. If that's not your thing, hold for a bit.
Ok...this is what I was expecting (see notes on flawed bottle). On the nose, an interesting balance of fruit and a caramel styled oak. On the palate, more of the same. The palate exhibits a nice balance, if a little sharp on the finish. I suspect that this bottle would've been better if left in the cellar for a couple of years. That said, very enjoyable now. 93 points based on raw materials and potential.
On the nose.....not much...almost nothing. On the palate, some fruit but it has an oddity to it. This behaves as corked, no aromas and diminished fruit on the palate, but without the tell-tale musty basement smell. Not rated. Update: the deficiencies in this bottle were redeemed after opening up a second one. Making it obvious that while no tell-tale signs existed, other than the lack of fruit on both nose and palate, that this bottle was an anomaly......and flawed. Back in the "old days", I would have bought a single bottle, thought to myself "this sucks", and would never revisit the producer. Glad I had the second bottle to open and compare. Not glad that this bottle sucked.
14.6% alcohol. Showing the more exuberant, flamboyant, exotic side of chardonnay with an aromatic and flavor combination of lemon curd, pineapple, bananas flambe, caramel apple, and white chocolate. Despite its expressiveness and size, this wine is deftly oaked with a nice tail of acidity that offers a refreshing, almost cleansing counterpoint to all that fruit and fleshy richness. Recommended.
Really enjoyed the deceptive nose on this. I literally got French Brie in the nose and thought it was a strange wine. The notes in the taste were really interesting and not the usual green apple and pear taste I get in a lot of them. These were more white chocolate, caramel blended with apples. Really interesting wine.
Somewhat disappointing. Green apple, lemon curd, almonds on the nose; creme brulle and oak on the palate. Nice weight and balance. Better than the typical Russian River Chard, but hardly worth the price.
Consistent with below entries. Very good, pleasant, "typical mid-high end" oaky Cali chard, but otherwise unremarkable. Many of us (myself very much included) get so spoiled that we forget that a score in the high 80s is still a very good wine :) just not much QPR here...
Nose: fresh Fuji apple skin, apple pie (baked apples and powdered sugar), butterscotch. Palate: medium weight, medium acidity, lemon rind, dry sherry. Finish: creme brulee, 10+ seconds long. Needs to breathe for 30+ minutes. Not exactly my style (I suspect it's because of the 25% new and 25% 1-year-old oak that give it a toasty, sherry character), but really growing on me, and one to reorder for sure. An outstanding, Burgundy-inspired Chardonnay, without the minerality but with New World might.