Too many choices.
Help me pick!
2010 Chardonnay Santa Julia Mendoza
2009 Chardonnay Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Gold Label Monterey County
2009 Chardonnay Francis Coppola Diamond Collection - Black Label Pavilion Santa Lucia Highlands
2009 Chardonnay Sanford Santa Barbara County,CA
Non-vintage Chardonnay Middle Sister 'Smarty Pants' Santa Rosa, CA
2010 Chardonnay Robert Mondavi Private Selection Woodbridge, California
2009 Chardonnay Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley, Sonoma CA
2009 Chardonnay Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Sonoma, CA
2006 Chardonnay Oriel Dylan Russian River Valley
2008 Chardonnay Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay Willamette Valley
2010 Chardonnay Round Hill Round Hill Cellars Californaia
2009 Chardonnay Francis Coppola Votre Sante California
2010 Chardonnay St. Supery Oak Free Chardonnay Napa Valley, California
2010 Chardonnay Round Hill California
2008 Chardonnay La Fond Santa Rita Hills- California
2006 Chardonnay La Fond Santa Rita Hills- California
2010 Chardonnay Eberle Estate Bottled Paso Robles-California
2009 Chardonnay Santa Barbara Winery Santa Barbara County, California
2009 Chardonnay Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley
2009 Chardonnay Talbott Kali Hart Estate Grown Monterey County
2009 Chardonnay Franciscan Estate Napa Valley
2008 Chardonnay Stag's Leap Winery Napa Valley
2008 Chardonnay Patz & Hall Hudson Vineyard Carneros
2007 Chardonnay Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Napa Valley
2009 Chardonnay Frank Family Vineyards Carneros, Napa Valley
Non-vintage Chardonnay Champagne Korbel Methode Champenoise Russian River Valley, CA
2010 Oak Free Chardonnay Round Hill California
2009 Chardonnay Chappellet Vineyard Napa Valley
2009 Chardonnay Lange Twins Estate Grown Clarksburg
2008 Chardonnay Freeman Vineyards Ryo-fu Russian River Valley, CA
2008 Chardonnay Terlato Family Vineyards Russian River Valley, CA
2009 Chardonnay Lange Twins Reserve Clarksburg
2008 Chardonnay Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley
Non-vintage Chardonnay Kate & Cassie Santa Rosa
2009 Chardonnay Talbott Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
2009 Chardonnay Y3 Jax Vineyards Napa Valley
2009 Chardonnay William Hill Estate Winery Napa Valley
2009 Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Napa Valley
2008 Chardonnay Franciscan Estate Cuve Sauvage Carneros, Napa Valley
2009 Chardonnay Stickybeak Russian River Valley, CA
2009 Chardonnay Tortoise Creek Wines Jam's Blend Lodi, California
2009 Chardonnay Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Monterey
2009 Chardonnay Clos du Bois North Coast
2009 Chardonnay J. Lohr 'October Night' Arroyo Seco California
2010 Chardonnay Robert Mondavi Woodbridge California
2010 Lightly Oaked Chardonnay Robert Mondavi Woodbridge California
2010 Chardonnay Lake Sonoma Winery Sonoma County
2009 Chardonnay Esser Monterey
2009 Chardonnay Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Livermore Valley
2009 Chardonnay Jordan Vineyards Russian River Valley Russian River Valley
2009 Chardonnay Knight's Bridge West Block Napa Valley
2009 Chardonnay Knight's Bridge Alder Springs Vineyard Napa Valley
2009 Chardonnay William James Cellars Santa Barbara County
2008 Chardonnay William James Cellars Billy Jimmy...the rebel son of William James Santa Barbara County
2010 Chardonnay Wilson Daniels Central Coast
2009 Chardonnay Alma Rosa El Jabali Vineyard Santa Rita Hills
2009 Chardonnay Alma Rosa Santa Barbara County
2009 Chardonnay Flowers Sonoma Coast
2010 Chardonnay Shannon Ridge Ranch Collection Lake County
2009 Chardonnay Domaine Faiveley Montagny
2009 Chardonnay Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy
2009 Chardonnay Olivier Leflaive Les Setilles Burgundy
2009 Chardonnay JJ Vincent Bourgogne Blanc Burgundy
Choose the Chardonnays I should taste on the daily rants this week.
- Reply by EMark, Oct 4, 2011.
I like to survey a range of prices. So, I will submit these two as candidates:
-- 2010 Robert Mondavi Private Selection,
-- 2009 Knight's Bridge West Block
- Reply by dmcker, Oct 4, 2011.
Think the Korbel nv sparkler might be good for a rant or two I could imagine. Not sure what position you plan to stake out publicly, though.
The Leflaive P-M or Les Stiles could be a useful touchstone.
The Sonoma Coast offering from Flowers yet another good starting point.
Chappellet and Freeman could be interesting to pair off against each other.
Patz& Hall's single vineyard offerings have something to say about how chard is made in CA, and also attempts to get at terroir.
And the Santa Barbara Winery's plonk speaks volumes to me about chard making down there.
But my rants might be a little different from yours.
No Kendall Jackson? Though the Wentes might be useful in a historically parallel direction.
And what about those down around $10 a bottle, whether Cycles Gladiator or McManus or Bogle or...? Talk about how change has moved them a bit away from the unctuous, oily, over-sweet, oakbombs of the recent, lamentable past?
No aged Mayacamas? ;-)
As you say, a long list. Think editorial decisions/positions need to be clarified to help in the winnowing....
- Reply by outthere, Oct 4, 2011.
Patz and Hall Sonoma Coast
Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch
+1 on the Flowers
I have a mag of 99 Mayacamas in the cellar ready to go ;-)
- Reply by ScottLauraH, Oct 4, 2011.
I tasted the Flowers a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I vote for that. I also vote for the Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay. Tried that last week and was quite impressed.
- Reply by anchca, Oct 5, 2011.
Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay and Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch.
Being from Oregon I would have liked to see more than one selection from my state. There are some really nice Chards up here to the north of CA.
- Reply by napagirl68, Oct 5, 2011.
Be curious to see what you think of the Frank Family chard. Haven't had one in a few years... Also curious what you think about the santa barbara chards...
I, personally, do not care for Talbott chards, but it's been a couple of years since I tasted. One of the worst on the list, IMHO, is actually widely distributed, and quite popular: the Wente Riva Ranch... one of the oakiest butter bombs I've tasted, second only to (shudder) Rombauer.
- Reply by dmcker, Oct 6, 2011.
So what do you want for the Mayacamas mag, outthere? ;-)
And yeah, NG, thus my remark about the Wente options above, relative to the KJ. Certainly worthy of a rant....
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 6, 2011.
I taasted, I shuddered, I will not report any further and it will become obvious why.
- Reply by dmcker, Oct 6, 2011.
In reference to? Just watched your rant a few minutes ago. Didn't catch any shuddering context.
Or did I miss something because I was doing email at the same time? ;-)
- Reply by brewinales, Oct 7, 2011.
Can someone help point me to somewhere that will help me research a very old wine? . Know that because it has evaporated down to high shoulders that it isn't a zillion dollar bottle but would just like to know something about the winery for fun. The bottle is Cheauteu Beychevelle 1898 with a serial number 8089 and printing diagonally across the label reading "guaranteed under food and Drug act June 30, 1906."
There is an additional label reading J. Calvet&CIE, Bordeeaux France on top and Bottled by J. Calvet and cie under main label. does this mean j calvet pressed the Beychevelle product for them or blend it or something?
bottle was given to a friends grandmother as a wedding present and was stored upright in a cabinet for at least 50 years. Labels don't show any obvious aging. thanks for the help.
- Reply by zufrieden, Oct 7, 2011.
As an American, GDP, you should like choice ... not like suspect socialists (for example, Canadians, like myself). I have little sympathy with your professional predicament; rather, I have a certain jealous rage that I cannot at this time share your angst!
- Reply by dmcker, Oct 7, 2011.
'Know that because it has evaporated down to high shoulders that it isn't a zillion dollar bottle but would just like to know something about the winery for fun. The bottle is Cheauteu Beychevelle 1898 with a serial number 8089 and printing diagonally across the label reading "guaranteed under food and Drug act June 30, 1906."'
Definitely an interesting find, even if not a chardonnay. ;-)
Beychevelle was categorized as a Fourth Growth in the 1855 classification. It's located in the southern part of St. Julien, near the Gironde River. Has an attractive building, garden and story behind its label. Nowadays the wine is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Production is at a level of 25,000 cases a year. However there's no way of knowing what the blend or production level was in 1898 without some research.
I have never been a huge fan of the wine (especially its QPR) even if the label is pretty, and through the 20th century it was generally recognized as being a wine that never managed to reach its potential. It had a series of owners that didn't give it the attention it needed. However near the end of last century the French civil servants' pension fund bought the property in a couple of tranches, then sold 40% on to Suntory of Japan. This meant a different level of attention, and more money to throw into the operation, so the general consensus is that the wine's getting better, starting in the naughties (last decade).
It would be useful to see a photo of your bottle. Also to know its 'provenance'--how you acquired it and where it was before coming into your hands--particularly how it was stored. Is there any label on the bottle denoting the importer (for I'm assuming based on the FDA notification that you're in the States)?
BTW, high shoulders is not a bad level for something put into a bottle over 110 years ago, particularly if its the original cork.
- Reply by outthere, Oct 17, 2011.
"So what do you want for the Mayacamas mag, outthere? ;-)"
Come out and visit and I'll pop it open. ;-)
- Reply by dmcker, Oct 17, 2011.
Will definitely take you up on that, outthere, tho no current plans to make it across the pond. Would be nice to visit some Sonoma Coast pinot noir, too, on that or another occasion... ;-)