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Snooth User: John Andrews

Sonoma Chardonnays

Original post by John Andrews, Dec 16, 2009.

Moving off a previous topic, I'm starting a new one that is about favourite Sonoma Chardonnays. I will kick things off with my favourites in a few different price ranges:

Under $20 range

- La Crema Monterey Chardonnay - newer wine for them but nice after a bit of time in the bottle. Not a lot of time but a couple of months:
http://www.snooth.com/wine/la-crema...

$20 to $30 range

- Loxton Hawk Hill Chardonnay - shameless self promotion. This is from the winery I work at but it is one of my favourite chardys.

- La Crema Russian River Chardonnay - one of the La Crema appellation series
http://www.snooth.com/wine/la-crema...

$30 to $40 range

- Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay - this is the entry wine but I like it:
http://www.snooth.com/wine/flowers-...

Over $40

- Hartford Court Seascape Chardonnay - some higher end pricey stuff, sometimes worth it
http://www.snooth.com/wine/hartford...

I have others but I will let others jump in.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 15, 2010.

No was back in Tokyo by then, after some side trips to the Sea of Timor, Thailand, Goa, the Greek Islands and Ibiza. Had my sun and exotic and settled down to work in the big city. The house in the redwoods was someone else's choice, and it had its good points, but it was time to move on, after a brief shift up to Gualala.

So where do you eat when you go out?

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Reply by outthere, Apr 15, 2010.

Forestville has hit the culinary map with Mosaic Restaurant and Wine Bar "mosaiceats.com" downtown and The Farmhouse Inn down on River Rd. Both exceptional. We used to like Stella's Cafe up next to Mom's Apple Pie up at the Terrible "T" on 116 but it is gone. We frequent Zazu on Guerneville Rd in what used to be the Willowside Cafe. Great local ingredients and local wines. Other local treats are Underwood Bistro in Graton, Cape Fear in Duncans Mills, Applewood Inn in Guerneville. Sebastopol has turned into a destination of late with K&L Bistro, Pesto, French Garden and GTO's Seafood House. There's a new little French place in Windsor called Mirepoix that is real good. Windsor also has Langley's on the Green which has been so up and down we stopped going. Santa Rosa still has Syrah which is always a good bet as is Ca Bianca.

When we want to splurge it's Madrona Manor or the Dry Creek Kitchen. I like the atmosphere at Madrona Manor more though.

Just a drop in the bucket but you can only afford to go out so many times in this economy.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 15, 2010.

Thanks for the recommendations. As it turns out, I know several of those places well. Check out my posts in this thread:

 Going to Sonoma

As a matter of fact, it'd be good if you could cut and paste your above post into that thread, so people can find it in the future. Any reactions to what else is posted in that thread would be useful, too.

 

Unrelated to this thread, I had some South Island N.Z. pinot noir last night that made me think of the best of the Sonoma Coast, even though it's different terroir. I posted about it in Greg's article on South Island pintos today. Pyramid Valley. Hard to find where you are, perhaps, but worth the hunt. Also excellent cabernet franc, very good pinot blanc and late harvest semillon. Haven't had their dry semillon or riesling yet, and I don't think they make a chardonnay.

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Reply by napagirl68, Apr 16, 2010.

last year went to Cape Fear and French Garden.  LOVE french garden.. especially being an organic gardener growing my own food.... what a great place!  We stay in jenner in our property looking down at the river entering the Sea (east of  goat rock beach).   I love to swim the river side where the otters are.... the ocean side is not safe for swimming. 

Applewood is very nice, but for the price, appreciate SF restaurants more so...

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 16, 2010.

Agree with you, Napagirl, about Applewood (though it depends on whether you're just staying within Sonoma rather than making that roundtrip to the City) and Jenner, though I guess I swam where I wasn't supposed to...

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 8, 2010.

Anyone had the MacRostie Sonoma Coast Wildcat Mountain Vineyard chardonnay (from closer to Carneros than the Pacific, though)? Had a pretty snazzy review in this snapshot overview of Sonoma Coast chards...

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Reply by outthere, Aug 8, 2010.

Can't say I have. Got a bottle of their Pinot in my cellar.

I'll bet, though, that they were pouring it yesterday at the 8th St East Wineries Open House while I was at Donelan Family Wines open house getting sloshed on Donelan and PAX Syrahs.

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 8, 2010.

Sounds like you probably had a fair time, anyway. What vintages?

So what, you introduced the 8th St. open house, but didn't actually go?  ;-)

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Reply by outthere, Aug 9, 2010.

PAX were '06 and '07 plus they were selling off old PAX inventory.

Donelan '07 and '08 Syrahs plus an '09 Rosè.

I had committed to the Donelan event before Kamen sent me the email about the Sonoma tasting. Plus the Donelan event was free and 15 minutes from home. The Sonoma event was $30 plus an hour drive and I had to be home for dinner at a reasonable hour. ;-)

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Reply by StevenBabb, Aug 10, 2010.

donelan had a tasting at the wine bar that i work at this past sunday.... great stuff... i think the moriah may bennefit from a little more time in the bottle, but still had good structure.... the cuvee christine was good, but a little smokey.... i loved the rose, and the interesting "torpedo" like large format bottles.... and their white was a good summer drinker... too bad it was real foggy outside when they had their tasting with us... so as you would imagine, the syrah's went over the best  : )

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Reply by StevenBabb, Aug 10, 2010.

hahaha..... i was so cought up in the direction that this thread had taken, i forgot about the original topic!  : )

i would have to second the les pieres from sonoma cutrer... they lower ends used to be pretty good too... but i've noticed the quality start to slide since they were bought out... it used to be that you would only fine sonoma cutrer's bottles in select wine stores and on restaurant wine lists.... they even started doing a pinot that was only available at the winery... not any more... now it's ALL in safeway....

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