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Snooth User: vlapinta

Newbie looking for recommendation

Posted by vlapinta, Oct 24, 2010.

I was in a resturant and had this wine below with the following description: I am new to wine but really enjoyed this one. The problem is I can't find it anywhere locally. I live in NJ. Any suggestions for something similar, or how to pick a wine that tastes similar? I seem to buy more bottles of wine that I do not like.



The 2008 Edna Valley Chardonnay has lively tropical aromas of pineapple and creamy coconut

layered with notes of lemon custard, lime zest and hints of jasmine. On the palate, this wine is

full bodied and well balanced with citrus fruit flavors and a bright minerality that finishes long

and elegant. This chardonnay pairs nicely with rich shellfish dishes like sautéed jumbo shrimp,

sea scallops and lobster.



Reply by dmcker, Oct 24, 2010.

Edna Valley is a winery with a fair production volume from the San Luis Obispo area of the central California coast. A bigger chardonnay, with lots of California fruit. You can buy it online from a number of merchants, and I'd start looking at (though I haven't actually done so yet). After that, look on Snooth and also for other merchants.

Reply by vlapinta, Oct 24, 2010.

Problem is most places will not ship to NJ. So anything similar that I can find locally?Or any suggestions on what to look for in a wine?

Reply by GregT, Oct 24, 2010.

If you're in New Jersey, you have some of the best stores in the country close by.  Try Wine Library, which has great prices and a huge inventory, but not a lot of older wine.  Try one of the Canals - they can be great, there is Super Savers in Summerville, there is Gary's in Madison and a few other places, there is Wine Shopper and a few more.  And that's where Wines Till Sold Out is from too.  There are probably a hundred Chardonnays that you'll like that are as good as that one.  Best of luck.

Reply by MReff, Oct 24, 2010.

Bottle King is also good as well

Reply by vlapinta, Oct 25, 2010.

All the stores mentioed are at least 1 1/2  to 2 hrs away. I am so tired of opening up wine and its has a bitter taste for lack of a better word. I have been buying wine in the $10 range maybe thats the problem. Maybe I need to spend a little more. Last night I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at a resturant. It was so bitter. I forgot to mentio above that the wine I had that I really liked was a 2008 by Tally vinyards.from Edna Valley, not Edna Valley Vinyard.  I guess I will keep looking for that company. What I really liked was the wine was so smooth tasting, no bitterness.

Reply by vlapinta, Oct 25, 2010.

Also I forgot to mention the on line retailers I looked at will not ship wine to NJ

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Oct 25, 2010.

You probably don't like acidic wines, which is why you'd like a big, malolactic, fruit/oak bomb Chardonnay.  It's probably what you're finding "bitter".

Reply by vlapinta, Oct 25, 2010.

I just went into new wine store and that is exactly what he said. I don't like acidic wines. He sole me another Chardonnay that was good. Is there a way to tell which ones will be less acidic?

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Oct 25, 2010.

Most, but not all, California Chardonnay is lower in acid.  Also, the warmer the climate, the lower the acid, usually.

Reply by napagirl68, Oct 26, 2010.

Some of the CA chards will not fit your bill... look for 100% malolactic fermentation, aged in oak, and the term buttery. 

i recently posted this as a huge malo fruit bomb, and SO many people love it (my taste differs tho), is the Rombauer Chardonnay.. any vintage.  They are huge.  Also many who like that, like the Wente Riva Ranch Chard (again, not to my personal taste, and I don't really care for Wente in general).  And the Toasted Head Chard...  Again, I am not recommending these because I prefer them, but I have friends that have a palate similar to you, and they LOVE them.  Also La Crema, as dmcker mentioned in another post.. right up the same alley, perhaps a bit more subdued.

Reply by vlapinta, Oct 30, 2010.

How can I tell? Does it say on the bottle 100% malolactic fermentation

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Oct 30, 2010.

Sometimes, but not always.  It's kind of a trial and error experience.  You can always go to a winery's website.  Most of them will have tech sheets about each of their wines.

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