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Calixa Chardonnay 2011

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The Valle de Guadalupe is located 30 kilometers inland from Ensenada, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, 100 km south of the border with the United States. Consequently, its vineyards are the northernmost of Mexico's and the distance from the ocean is between 15 and 20 kilometers. The vines are at altitudes between 300 and 400 meters above sea level. The proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides humid cu... Read more
The Valle de Guadalupe is located 30 kilometers inland from Ensenada, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, 100 km south of the border with the United States. Consequently, its vineyards are the northernmost of Mexico's and the distance from the ocean is between 15 and 20 kilometers. The vines are at altitudes between 300 and 400 meters above sea level. The proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides humid currents that result in a microclimate in the valley. Today the Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico's most prestigious wine region, and home to 90% of the top wines of Mexico. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Calixa Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,332
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/22/2013

Big black currant greets the nose accented with hints of a little truffle, black plum, cardamom and briar. This smells smooth and polished. Ripe tannins and fine acidity define the palate which shows off transparent, perfectly ripe black fruits. This is lively and detailed in the mouth, though the wood tannins seems to pinch the mid-palate just a touch at this stage. The finish is long and juicy, with a nice sweetness to help carry it through. 91 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,332
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/22/2013

Tight and still quite oaky on the nose, with inky fruit, black spice notes and nuanced tea and tobacco aromas. Soft, broad and quite generous in the mouth, this lacks the tension of the 2005 and a little of the complexity as well, though it does offer up ripe dark berry fruit that shows a little chocolate, mocha edge through the moderately long finish. 88 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,332
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 02/01/2010

This looks to be a very successful vintage for this bottling. The oak is still quite assertive but there is plenty of rich, spicy fruit adding depth on the nose. The aromatics are still a bit raw with rich notes of wild plum and blackberry tones that follow through on the moderately rich mid-palate. The structure is very well balanced with both acid and tannins being a bit obvious but overall giving a rather restrained feeling on the palate. Once the wood recedes and the fruit begins to relax this should be a wonderful wine with it's spicy black fruit accented by vanilla and cedar spice tones. This needs another 3 years to begin to show it's best. 2013-2025 91 pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,332
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 03/22/2013

This is tight, lean and focused on the nose, with a rich core of vanilla-laced blackberry that is almost beefy in its intensity. There’s a hint of nutty oxidation here as well as layers of candle wax, tobacco, pencil shavings and dried chili aromas. Elegant and so well balanced on the palate, this delivers juicy black fruits framed with hints of baking spices and brambly fruit, all supported by ripe if very gently dusty tannins that add just a hint of chewiness to the long finish. This fruit is gorgeous, perfectly ripe, fruity and yet with great complexity. 92 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,332
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 03/22/2013

This has a lovely nose that shows some early maturity with sweet, tobacco accents over a base of gentle black spice and smoke-tinged blackcurrant fruit. Bright acidity on entry leads to a rather gentle mid-palate that shows off very clear blackberry and red currant fruit formed with suggestions of wild herbs. This is a touch simple, yet remains clear and bright in the mouth. 88 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,332
4.00 5
Vintage: 1995 04/24/2009

95cmb-bg.jpg Well this vintage is an entirely different beast. Certainly more vegetal on the nose with a much heavier overlay of toasty, smoky oak, earth and tea notes. There's a touch of leather here as well and a more obvious eucalyptus tone. In the mouth the structural elements are both more formidable and less well integrated than with the 1994 and that keeps the wine a bit blocky and short. The fruit is more towards the red end of the spectrum but continues to be dominated by the tannins which turn a bit drying towards the back end. This needs time but it lacks some of the purity and elegance that propels the 94 to such heights. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,332
5.00 5
Vintage: 1994 04/24/2009

Exquisite balance and natural acidity allows this wine to caress the palate and explode in the mouth with such remarkably vibrant flavors. The 1994 Monte Bello has hit it's peak and it is now offering all it can.The nose needs some time to fully unfurls itself after its stint in the bottle but once it gets going it offers up classic notes of earth and herbs strongly backed by balanced notes of American oak and wild blackberries. There are lovely hints of cocoa powder, spearmint, and beef with enticing top note of forest floor that keeps one coming back for just one more sniff. In the mouth this is simply spectacular! The mouth watering acids and crisp tanins are in absolute harmony and frame the cassis and blackberry fruit perfectly offering exceptional clarity and a lively, transparent feel. If one could fault this for anything perhaps someone might consider it to be a touch simple but it's just to damn fun to drink to worry about that. Someone recently asked for a single word that describes what I want in a bottle of wine. My response? Happiness. This wine is packed with happiness! 96pts


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Member Reviews for Calixa Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Jesus Bremont
85954317
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 07/03/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578086,538
2.00 5
01/04/2013

Fairly simple cab, not a lot going on but not bad for a mid-week quaff at a good price.


Snooth User: BigCWines
118390648
3.00 5
02/01/2013

Personally, I find this wine deeper in flavors with a medium tannin structure, ripe fruit with a medium finish. However, I do believe that a little more time in the bottle will round out the wine. For the price; Good Value


Snooth User: alvinjohnson
128506343
4.00 5
05/28/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: Wolle
2034221,410
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 05/31/2012

My Rating 88: Well balanced body with good fruit and tannins. Nose balanced but with a hint of typical Chile wine. I don't know what it is but you could call this funky. Price is OK at Costco about $ 8


Snooth User: runningbear
43154691
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/16/2013

Good but a bit tannic


4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/14/2011

Wow- smooth with a great finish - loved it!


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External Reviews for Calixa Chardonnay

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 02/26/2014

This un-oaked Chardonnay is full of pear, melon, and butter flavors with refreshing acidity for balance. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 02/05/2014

Dense, sweet layered, lots of flavor, over delivers! Generous cherry chocolate flavors with an oak note. Spicy finish. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 02/26/2014

This un-oaked Chardonnay is full of pear, melon, and butter flavors with refreshing acidity for balance. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 06/21/2013

Mont Saint-Vincent Chardonnay Vin de Pays dOc 2012 750ML


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

This is fresh though with plenty of the classic exoticism that almost always marks the nose of a fine Mont de Milieu. There is a beguiling succulence to the round but powerful and well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that exude a distinct saline character on the extract rich and exceptionally persistent finish. This is terrific and worth your attention. - Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding Burghound.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/22/2013

This is fresh though with plenty of the classic exoticism that almost always marks the nose of a fine Mont de Milieu. There is a beguiling succulence to the round but powerful and well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that exude a distinct saline c... Burghound A Chardonnay wine from Burgundy in France. 2011 2011 Billaud Domaine Samuel Chablis Mont De Milieu Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
12/12/2014

Ridge Vineyards is an historic winery located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Known for their Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet which placed 5th in the famous Judgment in Paris tasting, this is a historic vineyard, first planted in the late 1800's. Revived and revitalized in the early 1960's, proprietor and Winemaker Paul Draper focuses on expressing the terroir of this extraordinary mountain vineyard with yields less than 2 tons per acre. This Estate Cab is sourced entirely form the Monte Bello Vineyard. Lots are carefully selected that show a more forward, approachable style. The final blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged 21 months in 100% American oak barrels. Antonio Galloni scored it 92 points saying "Ridge's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is quite laid back in this vintage. Sweet floral notes meld into red stone fruits, pomegranate and cinnamon. In keeping with the style of the year, the 2011 is medium in body, feminine and gracious. Best of all, it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate."


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