My Favorite Chardonnay Wines

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2010 Lange Willamette Valley Chardonnay Oregon 13% $16

Clean and fresh on the nose with almond lotion tones under crisp pear and lime fruit. This is lightweight and fresh on the palate with a finely integrated yet zesty vein of acidity. The flavors run to the crisp, white orchard fruit end of the spectrum- white peaches and pear topped with citrus notes. This turns just a little rounded on the back end but never gains any unnecessary weight. The finish is pure and crisp with more white orchard fruit tones over river stone minerality. 90pts

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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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