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Appeal of Chardonnay Tasting Unified W&G Symposium

Sacramento

Tasted January 30, 2019 by Woodbridge Brad with 103 views

Introduction

Tasting with the respective winemakers

Flight 1 (5 notes)

White
2016 Francine et Olivier Savary Chablis Sélection Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Chablis
91 points
Honeyed, full yellow, medium weight, nice acid balance, honey citrus finish. Very nice, serve only mildly cool.
White
2017 Les Lunes Wine Chardonnay Barra USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
88 points
The wine was slightly hazy and it started off quite reduced, but gradually opened into a yeasty, wild yeast neutral barrel ferment Chard. The mild citrus character has a touch of honey. Quite balanced and nice texture. A bit young right now, I would like to revisit in a year or so as it fills in with age.
White
2017 Diatom Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
86 points
Not my favorite of the flight, the flatness and the heat of alcohol @15% is a problem for me. There are touches of honey, citrus, yeast but I would gravitate to some other wine more balanced wine given a choice. Nothing negative about the winemaking other than the excess of alcohol. Having made wines from this and other vineyards in the area I would bring my fruit in earlier or hang a bit more crop on to balance the vines.
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White
2017 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Vintner's Reserve USA, California
86 points
My second least favorite wine of the flight. I was surprised at lowered sweetness and the somewhat restrained level of oak, less than I remembered from previous tastings in years past. I would not finish a glass because it does not appeal to me and I don't need the calories but it is soundly made and has a style.
White
2017 The Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
89 points
A more green apple Chardonnay, balanced and crisp, no apparent oak, edge of skin tannin, very fresh and young. Would love to taste it in a year of two. Has all the right stuff to develop nicely.
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