A lot of butter and some oak on the nose. The palate is more fruity, apples I think, with a buttered popcorn finish. It's a pretty reasonable wine but I was hoping for more fruit. I'd say it's time to drink this wine but I don't expect it to fall off a cliff.
Smooth, integrated, almost too Calif. Chardonnay like. Drank alongside a 2009. While there were clear differences, h09 reminds me of a lively, tart, acidic, bright Red Shoulder which is what I have always liked. The mature "05 was very good but lacking that zest.
Identical to last bottle. Pale yellow, moderate nose of citrus, pear and oak. Light-medium body, fruit and minerally acidity play nicely with oak, but the oak is not subtle, medium finish. Very good to excellent.
Very pale yellow, moderate nose of citrus, pear and oak. Light-medium body, interesting play of fruit and minerally acidity with a bit more oak than ideal but very nice if you don't mind an oaky Chard, medium finish. Very good to excellent.
This really didn't give up much on the nose. Had a nice taste of apple and pear with a mild bluestone. Went really well with grilled salmon, roasted potatos and green beans. I'd probably lower the score if it was w/o food as it was a little hot on its own.
Very good, but a touch hot and quite bruising from a weight perspective, one of these types of wines that when you're in the mood it's awesome, but when you're not it's awful, no in between I would say- Gold, full bodied with a nose of pear, peach, butterscotch, caramel and vanilla creme, spicy, a touch of heat, decent complexity, sweet, smooth, creamy and rich on the palate with good length (90 Points).
Purchased on sale for $39.99. Classic California Chardonnay on the nose, sporting an enticing bouquet of ripe pear and mandarin orange, as well as a decent amount of new oak adding vanilla scents to the mix. Much different on the palate, as the wine carries a distinct flint and stony edge, almost bitter, but by no means a distraction. Moderate acidity. Lengthy finish imparts a rich touch on the tongue, completing the arc to full circle. Definitely one to consume on the young side.
OC Wine Dinner (Nesai - Newport Beach, CA): This is probably one of my favorite non-ML Chardonnays. Aromas of orange blossom and sea spray followed by lemon pulp, unripe nectarines, crushed minerals, and oyster shells. A nicely detailed wine that reminds me a little of the high-end Chards coming out the area but without the oak-infused richness. Give it a few more years and it will serve as a poor man's Aubert. My WOTF. 91-92 points.
9/6/08 OC Wine Dinner (Nesai In Newport Beach, CA): Very nice. Flinty nose, with a palate of smooth lemony and pippin apple centered fruit. Some mineral and a hint of sea shell. The best white for me of the three other chards (Kistler and Hudson). Delicious.
Very well done! Year in and year out this is always a nice wine - consistent and enjoyable. Tropical fruits, nice mouthfeel, medium to full bodied with decent acidity, not too much oak and a nice crisp finish that lingers in the mouth and makes you want another sip. I would like to make this my "house" chardonnay. I need to buy more of this.
On the nose tropical fruit,honeysuckle and the faint aromas of oak - In the mouth a medium bodied wine with the flavors found on the nose - there is good acidity and a fair finish - I find the $45. price point for the east coast a tough one as there are wines in that catagory with better concentration - Dumol, L'Angenin to name two - and complexity but that is only my opnion.
A better bottle of Chardonay than the critics ratings. Good apple and pear fruit with a hint of oak. Good body and a nice finish. At this price one of the better California Chardonay's I've had in the last few months.
Tasted at Shafer vineyards. A refreshing change from all the "buttery" napa chardonnay out there. Built more in an old world style, but with new world fruit from Carneros. Generous nose of tropical fruits, spice, and toastiness. Very refreshing in the mouth. Tropical fruits, mouth-filing juiciness, crisp almost steely acidity. Clean dry finish with spice and toastiness that lingers. Very little if at all any malolactic in this one. A steal at $40.
With Jackie Wong, Pam Krol, Jen and me ... in Sea Bright, NJ Spanish Place: This wine was excellent ... on its own, and with our Spanish food (crab cakes, sea bass with pesto and avacado). I forgot the Chardonnay glasses (left in Princeton) ... but it was still ok, even in a red wine/burgundy glass.