clean and clear, medium leom greene core w/ watery rim. Developing
on the nose it is clean with medium intense aromas of; oak, butter, passion fruit, lemon, yellow apples, some stonefruit/tropical fruit. Developing
on the palate it has medium+ aciddity, medium+ %, body and flavour intensity with aromas of; oak, lime, som tropical fruit, butterish mouthfeel, something a bit greene, almost like gooseberry. Medium aftertaste.
high $ price with potential for agening, 2-5 more years maybe. It is intense and quite complex but has too high % and that makes is not that balanced in my opinion. Lacks a bit concentration also too be of outstanding quality. Lenght is almost long and is driven by the acidity and oak flavour. very good quality, 87-88p
Wonderful! I've been sitting on this one for a couple of years and finally found a good reason to open it. Although it has plenty of life remaining, it is drinking really well right now. The fruit and acidity have harmonized into a bold, fuller-bodied Chardonnay that still offers up the fruit and flavor profile of a younger wine, but with all the edges rounded off. It's a perfect match for meals with heavier sauces. We also prefer a little age on our Chardonnay, so this was a treat at 5 yrs old.
Drank this at Kurrents in Marco Island, FL with a seafood dinner. Oakier than I remember - guess my palate continues to evolve to a more restrained style. Still, for its type, a decent enough chard and still drinking well. GOOD.
Golden straw. Nice and crisp. Not huge on the butter or oak. No ML. Some of the grapes come from American Canyon. As varietally correct as any Napa winery is going to do. Worth drinking at $34, since many CA chards are at least ten bucks more nowadays.
Very nice.... straw color. Rich nose - honeysuckle, pear and melon. Pear and subtle butterscotch on the attack - lingering thru the mod-palate. Still good acidity through the finish. Nice body to enhance the rishness of the flavor elements. Overall a nice wine... particullary when I grabed a couple 18 months ago at $24/btl.
Golden straw in color. Nose is dominated by citrus and particularly lemon with notes of pineapple and pear in the background. Also notable hints of oak and vanilla in the mix. Full bodied on the palate with a buttery texture, which is offset by pleasing acidity. Just a hint of heat on the finish. Overall a well balanced wine and a great example of what a Napa Chardonnay should taste like.
Traditional Napa oaky chard, but done well. Nice interesting nose, mouth watering fruit and lingering taste. We decanted and served at room temp to highlight the flavors. AFWE types need not apply, but for most this is a crowd pleaser. Drink now or hold for a few more years. GOOD.
Correct, clear chardonnay. A well-integrated wine, speaking mostly of citrus juice and pith. Whatever the oak treatment is here it is not obtrusive at this point. This is not a wine that makes me rethink my relatively weak chardonnay position, but to the extent a meal calls for it, this is a wine I would not hesitate to uncork before most others of its type.
EK 211 Dubai to Houston (777 ER): Medium lemon-golden, slow moving legs. Medium-medium(+) developing aromas of tropical fruits, yellow plum, toasted oak, notes of ash and mineral (granitic soil?). Dry, medium acidity, medium(+) rich body, medium alcohol. Medium-medium(+) flavors of ripe yellow apples, peach, pineapple. Bold and rich creamy texture, balanced quite well. Medium(+) length with refined mineral finish.
Aromatics are of heavy oak, behind which hides white citrus, quince and a hint of green apple. I think many in this forum similarly comment on the prominent oak that dominates the palate, which is likely the problem, as the wine's absorbed the wood without the benefit of going through malolactic, necessary to round it out and provide any richness. Thus, making it disjointed and angular. Even when/if evaluating from a Burgundian perspective, you can't overlook the lack of balance and symmetry. As such, this wine is a pass for me. Compelled to add that on day 3, the angularity rounded out and this became considerably more pleasant and...well, drinkable. Another few points, as a result.
Another excellent Chard from Mike Grgich, we drove by the winery last spring but it was literally about 5 minutes after closing, my only regret from our trip - Gold, full bodied with a nose of peach, pear, apple, butterscotch, cream and vanilla, amazing structure and balance, sweet, creamy smooth on the palate with excellent length, awesome! (92 Points).
A light straw yellow with a floral scent. Nice acidity and balance with green apple prominent. I anticipated that Grgich would be more buttery, but this young wine reminds me more of a crisp Burgundy at this point. The finish is light, pleasant and lingering well out beyond a minute. Matches well with New England fish chowder on a cold night.
Bright with a deep gold colour, and visible viscosity. On the nose, this is youthful and forward, showing tropical pineapple notes, supported by crisp green apple aromas, citrus, ripe pear, fresh cream, butterscotch, vanilla, brioche and smoky gunpowder. On the palate, full-bodied and textured, with concentration and richness quite evident. Tropical and a little bit oaky, but still balanced. Fresh, but no malolactic fermentation means that the acid is a bit hard. Alcohol is in check, and length is quite long as well. Not subtle, but fun.
We thought this was an outstanding California chardonnay with enough oak to soften the wine and add wonderful buttery notes. The diversity of flavor is outstanding: pineapple, mango, peach and lemon marang pie come to mind. The aromatics are quite floral and also feature ripe fruit. There is a lot of alcohol (14%+ alcohol content) but the wine doesn't feel out of balance or hot. Can't wait to open another bottle. Cheers!
Pretty white and yellow flowers on the nose. Crisp and fresh, no noticeable oak on the nose. On the palate, a great acid profile. Crisp, fresh and juicy with flavors of apple, pear apricot and only a kiss of oak. Really nice, but very "stainless" compared to other vintages of Grgich. France vs. US Blind Tasting 6/15/12
Well executed. Bright yellow-straw color in glass. Beautiful nose offering notes of brioche, butter, pineapple, poached pear, lemon, tropical fruits. The palate is properly balanced, there is some weight here but the wine is so light on its feet, almost ethereal. Bright with focused clean citrus and tropical fruit flavors with medium plus finish. Will seek out more bottles as these have potential for aging and gaining complexity.