My Favorite Chardonnay Wines

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2009 Alta Maria Vineyards Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay California 14.1% $24

This is kind of subtle on the nose with aromas of almond, peach and orange slowly rising from the glass. It has a distinctly perfume quality with floral and aromatic wood tones. Very lavender. Rather focused in the mouth with lovely purity to the peach, apple and vaguely citrus flavors that are surrounded by soft wood tones. The texture is bright with a creamy, leesy edge that pops on the mid-palate but recedes as the wine regains tension on the back end and through the moderately long finish. This finish shows more peachy fruit and a slightly more aggressive, toasty oak profile, though it’s still a very harmonious wine. Damn, this is good. 93pts

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  • You have got to be kidding me. Not one Australian Chardonnay - ever heard of Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River or Tasmania?

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM


  • Sorry but have to second that comment about Australian chardonnays. I've been "brought up" on Margaret River's finest, but I have to say the best Chardonnay's I've had have come from the cooler climate in the Yarra Valley. Very very nice, subtle, not over oaked with a lovely mineral finish.

    Jan 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM


  • Snooth User: lbgutman
    664940 18

    Not one unoaked chardonnay in the bunch.......how about Joel Gott or Napa Cellars?

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM


  • Strewth as they say......No Aussies in the list?
    Melony coonawarra and Yarra Valley wines....
    Margaret River. Old fashiooned Hunter Valley styles?
    What about the kiwis, some great buttery, mellow Chardonnays there too, and Catalunya in Spain/Penedes and over border in Collioure?
    Ever tried the Gaja Rossj Bass Chardonnay or Supertuscans
    No, Only California and burgundy.
    Unoaked as well is very popular & has made producers vary the proportion of oak, so we have "new wave" aussies and experiments in Burgundian cellars that improve the wines

    Jan 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM


  • Snooth User: WineGuy40
    855607 9

    You need to focus on Winderlea Vineyards in Oregon. They are doing a Chardonnay right now that is sublime. In fact, if you can find their 2008, get a case. It is that good.

    Feb 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM


  • Snooth User: WineGuy40
    855607 9

    You need to focus on Winderlea Vineyards in Oregon. They are doing a Chardonnay right now that is sublime. In fact, if you can find their 2008, get a case. It is that good.

    Feb 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM


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