Another excellent bottle.The first half of the bottle tasted like some kind of non-Burgundy white wine from France. It was rich and full, but not in the way that Chardonnay usually is. The second half of the bottle was more "typical" but still exceptional. I will definitely keep my eye out for more. The best Cal Chard I can remember having, although admittedly, I do not go that upscale with this type of wine.
very good clean and straightforward chardonnay. not impressive but delivered the 'basics' of a good chardonnay. Very fresh on the nose with pineapple and apples, followed by a strong palate with freshness and quite a creamy characteristic. Good
Golden yellow color. Green apple, melon, pear, and peach aromas and flavors. Crisp fruit and citrus on the mid-palate leading to a long clean finish. Moderate acidity. Paired with pasta alfredo. Overall, an excellent Cali Chardonnay, perfect for summer time enjoyment.
Straw yellow color. Green apple, pear, and lemon on the nose and palate. A crisp, dry, medium length, finish with citrus predominant. Moderate acidity in comparison to the fruitiness. Paired well with fettuccine alfredo.
Bright straw color. Clean nose, with notes of fresh picked apples. On the palate, crisp melon, lemon zest, and fine sharp finish, with a cut like flint. In my mind's eye, this is laser light and arrow tip. Brilliant!
90 points for being an excellent bottle of wine -- all components nicely balanced. 2 points for having some type of funky (in the positive sense of unusual) set of tastes. I could not pinpoint them (they were unique in my experience), but I really liked this bottle. Sorry that I do not have much for the adjective crowd. It's not my bag.
Fruity aromas with notes of apple, pear, lemon, honeysuckle, and vanilla. Nice fruit on the palate, consistent with the nose. Bright citrus and good acidity in balance on the mid-palate, with a clean, crisp finish. Paired very well with fettucine carbonara. Overall, a very nice chard and at $17 a good QPR.
We always enjoy Silver and this is the last of our 2007. We poured it for a dinner of oysters and crab cakes (with whilte ports) - specifically to go with the grilled oysters with a lemon dill sauce - awesome. You can taste the Meyer Lemons that grow in the vineyard and it's crisp, clean chardonnay characteristics with good acidity and mineral. It is so different from the oaked chardonnay from the same vineyard that you can hardly believe they are the same grapes.
This had a snappy freshness too it. Not oaked but it exhibited flavors you would find in a partially oaked wine. Had some nice fruit but great minerality. Usually prefer the oaked bottling but not this time.
Big fruit forward, aromatic nose on this perfumey Chard! Lots of ripe melon, apple, and a sort of light caramel note, but not from oak; It's viscous, full bodied, and just a bit hot, but very well done.
This wine was consumed at home, having attended a party where we simply did not have the opportunity to eat enough (too much talking on our part!). When arriving home, we concocted a nice salad using (purchased) roasted chicken in conjunction with ingredients at home (lettuce, red bell peppers, etc.). This wine shows a light yellow robe with clear rim. Clean, moderately intense nose of tropical fruit and honeysuckle. There is a whiff of vanilla on the nose which does suggest oak, belying the label. Medium-bodied on the palate, with fairly crisp acidity and flavors which mirror the nose (and again suggesting the presence of oak). Medium, smooth finish, with the honeysuckle nicely completing the deal. Quite nice for what it is. Drink now-12/13.
Refreshing Summer Wines (Our House, CA): Unoaked but I would not have guessed it if tasted blind. Nose of bold fruit with flavors approaching the oak and butter levels you would expect of some oaked chardonnay, but definitely not as much as the Ventana '06 Gold Chardonnay in side by side tasting. Maybe a little bit too acidic, especially in the after taste. Interesting drinking experience. Very good wine.
Goo, clean, fresh bottle. Loads of melon, lemon, honeysuckle and pear on the nose and palate. Finish on this vintage doesn't seem to last as long as previous years and somewhat flinty. Easy drinker even though the alc.% is rather high.
14.8% alcohol. A somewhat strange wine. Light yellow color. Green apple, minerals, and lemon zest on the nose. In the mouth, a pretty fruit profile that is marred by a slight lack of acidity and a hot finish. B
Not a big Chard fan usually because of too much wood, so this looked interesting. Was pleasant on the nose with crisp, tart fruits - apples, lemons and the such. The taste followed the nose with some florals coming through (honeysuckle?). But it was way to acidic, especially in the after taste - which is why I guess they noramlly oak this stuff.
For those who yearn for a more spartan style of chardonnay, tight, fruity and flinty, more Chablisian than Californian, this unoaked Santa Lucia Highlands brings enough fruit and spice flavors to carry it off. Was great with Greek shrimp and pepper dish, as it really cut through with the acid and clean flavors, not a long linger but that's not what you are drinking it for.
My wine of the night - enjoyed with Kim, neighborill and spouse Debbie at the Thanksgiving wines wine tasting at the Hickory Wine Shoppe. Great QPR at this price point for this quality and highly recommend this wine - Kim and I bought two bottles. Unoaked but you would never know it, beautiful big, bold, intense and well balanced light gold chardonnay. Nose of bold fruit with flavors approaching the oak and butter levels you would expect of an oaked chardonnay and otherwise flavors included allspice, vanilla, golden apples, fresh peach.