Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Super Premium Chardonnay Tasted 7/2013

4. Frank Family Chardonnay Reserve Lewis Vineyard Carneros (2011)

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Definite jump up in intensity on the nose over the base bottling here with rich aromas of and complexity, almond, peach, buttery croissant, peach pie and pecan pie. Rich in the mouth, and downright powerful in fact, there’s lots of depth here to the rich suave fruit. Flavors lean towards the apricot end of the spectrum with framing notes of almonds and peach pie that helps to tighten up the long, gently spicy finish. This is large scaled but retains really fine balance that keeps the wine lively and refreshing. Not my style but really well done. 93pts
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  • 917215ScottAdams56 I'm a fan of the 2008 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast. Comes very close to comparable with Rombauer, my all-time favorite for the oakey/buttery chards.

  • 1319886Mauikim Are these wines available in n atlanta?

  • 1298842Jerry Airheart I've tasted the La Crema Chardonnay and they are excellent choices.

  • 1061054MrClogg Though it is not a California Chardonnay, I'd would like to give credit to an incredibly good Chardonnay from New York's Benmarl winery, in the Hudson Valley. Their 2011 Apis Chardonnay, which underwent a brief maceration and minimal oak, creates a rich, full bodied cool climate Chardonnay comparable to a lot of the great Californian chardonnays.

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