Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Super Premium Chardonnay Tasted 7/2013

7. Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch (2011)

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Bright and juicy on the nose with note of lime, peach, caramel and a hint of flint under the nutmeg top notes. This is elegant and rich with lots of power but at the same time there is a lovely sense of transparency and lift to the palate. Rich with lightly toasty and honied orchard fruits, the deft use of oak here leaves only attractive framing notes supporting the fruit. The acidity is nicely integrated but firm, adding the needed backbone to help drive the mineral tinged flavors through the long, layered finish. 91pts
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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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