Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

2010 Chardonnay Tasted May 2013

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 J.J. Vincent Pouilly Fuisse "Marie Antoniette" (2010)
Comments: Minerals, earth and a subtle nuttiness greet the nose. Time reveals a nice floral cast that helps to illuminate the delicate citrussy aromas here. Clear, precise and vibrant on entry, this open with very clean flavors of heirloom apples, minerals and dried lemon pith. There;s an edginess to the palate and while the flavors are a bit simple this remains interesting and fresh in the mouth. Finishing with zesty freshness and inner mouth perfumes of apple peels and flowers, this entices you to enjoy another sip. 88pts
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2 Christian Moreau Chablis (2010)
Comments: A little gamy and meaty on the nose with floral and green apple peel aromas over notes of dried lemon peel and gravel. A nice creamy leading edge greets the mouth, followed by nice delineated flavors of pithy lemon peel, lemon, oyster shell and green pear skins. This is well balanced with more intensity of fruit on the backend leading to a clean, refreshing, acid driven finish. Not complex but fresh. 87pts
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3 Pali Wine Co. Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Charm Acres (2010)
Comments: Tight and floral on the nose with a gently leesy undercurrent adding some depth and complexity to the lightly spiced and orange toned core of apple and pear fruit. Silky and round on the palate, this shows a nice base of baked apple and apple pie spices that gain a minerally edge on the back end. The finish is fairly long and shows more freshness of flavor than one finds on the palate along with a bit more sweetness of oak. Nicely done with a certain elegance on this mid-weight frame. 88pts
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4 Patz & Hall Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (2010)
Comments: Tight and focused on the nose with layers of mineral, floral, and slightly herb framed green apple and almost apricot tinged fruits that are nicely framed with a gentle touch of oak. A touch soft in the mouth with slightly exotic mango and musk melon flavors early on the palate. This has a fine underlying mineral note, that really drives the finish, but comes off as just a little loose on the palate. The oak is well judged but adds a bit of heaviness to the flavors here. Shows some textural appeal but also some heat on the finish. 88pts
Average price: $42.96 from 3 stores
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5 Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay (2010)
Comments: Pineapple, lime and apple come together on the nose along with a rather gentle touch of oak that contributes some almond, vanilla, and earth tones as opposed to overt spiciness. Medium full and bright in the mouth, this delivers lots of classic creamy pineapple flavors framed by modest but obvious oak spice. It's a bit riper on the palate than the nose suggests, though the finish does show more lime toned freshness. 87pts
Average price: $29.99 from 41 stores
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6 Gallo Signature Series Chardonnay (2010)
Comments: Complex aromas of sandy soil, sweet, toasty oak and flowers add complexity to the core of baked apple and lime fruit. Supple and rather opulent in the mouth, this combines power and a creamy texture with rather fresh green apple and citrus flavors all supported by toasty oak spice and a nice mineral base. There's a lot going on here and while the alcohol does intrude a bit this does have a really attractive texture, creamy on the palate then firm and slightly mineral on the medium length finish. Checks all the boxes. 90pts
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7 Schug Chardonnay Carneros (2010)
Comments: Lots of lightly baked green apple fruit topped with bright lime zest notes along with hints of old wood, and subtle hints of toast, vanilla and minerals. Round and rather rich in the mouth, with lots of citrus and green stone fruits but at the same time this have great acidity contributing plenty of snap in the mouth. The oak is almost fully integrated, adding a hint of spice to the rather rich and well fruited finish. A nice blend of Californian fruit with an old world sensibility. 89pts
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8 Frank Family Chardonnay Reserve Lewis Vineyard Carneros (2010)
Comments: Subtle but complex with pineapple and apple fruit supported by nuanced wood spice, vanilla, and buttery aromas with a nice hint of something that reminds me of banana bread. This is a big wine, opulent, rich and creamy in the mouth with deep pineapple and slightly tropical mango flavors. There's enough wood here to contribute distinct flavors but it doesn't overpower the fruit. Creamy on the back end, the finish shows enough wood tannin and acidity to snap things back into focus. A big wine that a lot of people will love for it's blend of power and softness. 88pts
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9 Darcie Kent Vineyards Chardonnay Livermore Valley (2010)
Comments: A little sweet and oaky on the nose with a dusty floral top note and reticent citrus fruit aromas. A bit soft, and certainly creamy and caramelly in the mouth with subtle apple, citrus and spiced flavors wrapped up in creamy almond laced oak. The finish is a bit short and simple, making this rather simple. 84pts
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10 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Block 210 (2010)
Comments: Like an exploding pineapple on the nose with intense tropical aromas and plenty of toasty, creamy, vanilla laced oak spice. This delivers exactly what the nose promises, another explosion of pineapple and vanilla. Fairly rich and large scaled, with acidity that seems a bit out of balance, this is an intense two trick pony. The finish shows an odd blend of hints of sweetness and astringency. people looking for an intense and ripe wine will like this much more than me. 83pts
Average price: $21.99 from 6 stores
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11 Troon Vineyard Chardonnay (2010)
Comments: Pretty and perfumed with floral and herbal top notes over a core of wood spiced quince and apple fruit. Rather light and transparent on entry, this is rather subtle in the mouth but at the same time it's also quite aromatic on the palate. There are gentle hints of bay leaf and vanilla over the core of mineral flecked apple fruit. There's a faint hint of tannins here that adds some grab to the mouth, making for a nice contrast to the general lightness of the wine, extending the pretty finish. The oak becomes slightly more obvious on the finish, though a bit more time in the bottle should help it to integrate perfectly. 89pts
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12 Stoller Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay (2010)
Comments: Complex on the nose if decidedly not fruit driven with lovely layers of older wood, earth, leesy floral tones and hints of stone accenting apple fruit that shows edges of dried lemon and orange pith. Medium bodied and elegant in the mouth with terrific clarity on the palate which mimics the nose with it's blend of mineral, white orchard fruit, light wood spice and slightly creamy leesy flavors. The wood spice pops a touch on the back end then yields to a lovely finish, long with citrussy accents over a gentle touch of wood. This shows lovely purity and balance. 92pts
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  • 1049746wineass My favorite Chardonnays are Aubert. Expensive but very good. Varner also does a good job.


  • 541554Charles Bohle Our favorite chard is Rombauer!!


  • 1243949jagpeople We have drank White Oak for many years and have tried many others but always go back to it. It has the butteriness and the creaminess we like in a chard. and it is consistant year after year.


  • 1284339Terrygrim3 Love Ridge (not just Zins & Cabs), but for value, nothing beats Bogle.



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