Value Chardonnay Tasting Notes

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Value Chardonnay Tasting Notes For all of my “I now like Chardonnay” chatter, I have to admit to dreading tasting through these wines, particularly at the lower end. Yes, good Chardonnay can be absolutely delicious, but there is very little worse that you can put in your mouth than bad Chardonnay. You know what I’m talking about, over-ripe, sweet, flat, reeking of caramel, vanilla and butter. Ugh, it sounds like something coming up not going down.

Well, the gods are usually fair enough with me. Even today, while tasting through a bakers dozen of Chardonnays, I found enough wines to recommend. It is interesting, but the lowest scoring wine that I recommend here, the 2010 Echelon Chardonnay California, is one of the wines I am most likely buy. Not only is it the least expensive of these offerings, it’s also the wine with the best innate balance, though on a rather small scale.

Check out all the wines sampled for this tasting and let me know your favorite value Chardonnays!

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  • I really dislike review like this as they are just too complicated to imagine. Some reviews sound like fruit punch...this set sounds just rather pompous..Sorry but I think there are better words to describe a wine rather than liking it always to fruits etc...At least try t be less ostentacious as it does not work.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 1:22 PM


  • Snooth User: Diorissi
    630919 19

    Pure poetry - I could almost taste some of the wines. I was intrigued by the comment about KJ appealing to 'the other half of chardonnay lovers' - how would that divide be characterised - woodiness? Mallolactic fermentation?

    Jan 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM


  • Snooth User: Memepool
    970991 22

    You're really recommending Jacobs Creek?

    Jan 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM


  • Here's a thought for future analyses. Often, 2nd or 3rd label expensive wines are evaluated. How about looking at some 'reserves' of commodity level wines. I don't care for much Jacobs Creek or Yellow tail, any variety, but have had the 'reserve' of both shiraz's and both were superb and about $ 12 - 13 a bottle. There are probably others in the same category, maybe Gallo etc.

    Feb 01, 2012 at 2:08 PM


  • Snooth User: Styxdvr
    419134 30

    I find it much safer to get a cheap chardonnay than a cheap red wine. The typical functions I attend don't go high end on the wine, but with low expectations and a chard served cold, it's usually fine.

    Feb 02, 2012 at 10:53 PM


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