Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Chardonnay $15 to $25 tasted 3/14

3. Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (2012)

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Average price: $17.99 from 1 store
Fresh and subtle on the nose with vague floral background notes layered under a core of pineapple and peach fruits. There’s a hint of wood here as well adding a gentle nuance of spice. Clean and bright on entry, this is a bit firm today but shows some mineral notes and a light sweet edge to the apple peel, lemon pith and pineapple flavors that catch a peachy glow on the backend and through the long, mineral laden finish. Richly flavored but with a certain delicacy to it, this shows fine depth on the palate and complex fruit and savory flavors. Old world style, new world fruit. 90pts
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  • 99530TandKChilds You should try the Naked Chardonnay from Four Vines, it is excellent

  • 1135991Randi442 You have to go to the winery or join their wine club to buy it, but there is a reason Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches has been the #1 selling restaurant Chardonnay for about the last 20 years! The winery couldn't meet the restaurant demand and also assure a reasonable retail distribution, so they created another Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) for retail distribution. Personally, I like the Russian River Ranches much better (a little more oak, a little more creamy), but the Sonoma Coast is still a nice wine. Just under the $20 price point unless you can find it on sale, but it is consistently good and worth a try,

  • 1480272vjg6014 Anyone who drinks California Chardonnay,has no idea what Chardonnay is or should be.Crap,I'm being kind.If you want to know what Chardonnay should be,then my advice is drink White Burgundy.Basically California wines are half as good and cost twice as much.Travesty.

  • 966308csue66 Castlerock is good for the price.

  • 1480272vjg6014 Chardonnay should never be "buttery",what you're tasting is the toasted oak.Why on Earth would I want to taste wood?White Burgundies have balance,between fruit,acidity,minerality.

  • 1135991Randi442 To vjg6014 - you are certainly entitled to your opinion (but so am I). The extreme intensity of your response to my original post is really not necessary... We can all enjoy wine, our palates may be different, but I would never be so negative towards another reviewer. (Perhaps you have a personal reason to gain by "pushing" white burgundies? Like you are an importer?) Otherwise, please let's all live and let live - you can express your opinion without denigrating others who don't share it. If you don't like California Chardonnay, don't drink it! (And, for what it's worth, with certain foods I actually prefer white burgundies - but I can enjoy both.)

  • 89065Gregory Dal Piaz Randi, you're absolutely right. Anyone who dismisses an entire class of wines obviously has no interest in taking them seriously. I prefer white Burgundy as well, but at this price point they are a challenge as well, and they are not to everyone's palate. There's enough space for us all to have fun here, and fun it should remain. It's only wine after all.

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