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Community Tasting Notes (2) Avg Score: 81.5 points

  • Clean, bright with only a very little bit of oak/vanilla noticeable. Nothing special just a straightforward plain Jane Chardonnay without depth. My bottle had none of the flavors or nuance that another reviewer found so not sure why our palates are so very much different on this one.

    Tasted over several days and flavor (or general lack thereof) was consistent. Tasted with several other knowledgeable wine drinkers over this same period as well and opinion was unanimous. Hmmm I really WANT to like Renaissance, I want to be cool and tell everyone about this cutting edge winery way up in the Sierra Nevada's with this cult like group of people making amazing wines etc etc etc but when I forget who made the bottle and just close my eyes and taste it, I find that many of their wines just do not hit the mark, regardless of whatever style they are aiming at.....

    This was my last bottle of their Chardonnay and given everything else that is out there in the wide wide world of wine, I seriously doubt I will be purchasing any more.

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  • Aged for 9 months in a mix of new and used oak barrels, this is certainly the most mainstream dry white Renaissance I've tasted. For example, aromas of salted butter, toast, flowers, and tropical fruits dominate the nose, as they do in many fine California chardonnays. It's fine, fresh, and lively on the palate, with robust acidity, cool orchard fruit tones, and nice structure — it's not at all blowsy or fat (this clocks in at 13.6% abv and a pH of 3.3). As it warms in the glass, the cool spice and herb tones inherent in all Renaissance wines begins to emerge (albeit to a lesser degree than in, say, their Roussanne) and the long finish is enlivened by the zippy minerality. Very fresh and alive over three nights of tasting. Definitely a top-of-class California chardonnay.

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  • By Alder Yarrow
    March 15, 2010, (See more on Sommelier Journal...)

    (Renaissance Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay, North Yuba, Sierra Foothills) This light-yellow wine displays a nose of buttered toast and lemon curd. In the mouth, it is gorgeously lemon-driven, with tangy lemon-curd and lemon-zest flavors that sizzle with great acidity and lovely balance. Not even the tiniest hint of oak obscures the delicate mineral undertones that make this wine easily mistakable for a white Burgundy. Truly excellent, and one of the best values in top-end California Chardonnay on the market.
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