Chardonnay

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Cross between Pinot & Gouais Blanc
Aliases: Aubaine, Beaunois, Gamay Blanc, Melon Blanc...
Grape Color: White
Regions: Though the origins of Chardonnay lie in France’s Burgundy region, the grape is grown worldwide.
Type(s) of the Wine the Grape Produces: Chablis, White Burgundy, Champagne

British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, Chardonnay took its varietal qualities to the next level and ‘virtually became a brand.’

Delicate. Malleable. Neutral. Reflecting on its terroir and its winemakers’ preferences, Chardonnay gained fame from its widespread success in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. If a painter stares at his blank white canvas with a thousand possibilities of expressing himself to society, winemakers do no differently with Chardonnay. This varietal holds the rare quality of having its flavors mold to the many differences in Read more »

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  • Rancho Zabaco Chardonnay California Dancing Bull 2008

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    Intense orange notes on the nose with Viognier like honeysuckle and peach on the nose. This is pretty bright and sweet with tangerine and cream fruit tones on the mid-palate and candied tones to the tropical fruit notes on the backend. The finish is a bit sweet and toasty with a touch of coconut. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Esser Vineyards Chardonnay California 2009

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    This smells like fruit salad, full of peach, pineapple, even some cherry in a very fruity style. On the palate this is surprisingly bright, if a bit simple, with distinct notes of vanilla and pineapple fruit in a medium weight style. The finish is short but clean and balances the ripe fruit against bright acidity. A clean style well suited to s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mezzacorona Chardonnay Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT 2009

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    Lemon blossoms and honied almonds dominate the nose which shows a touch of ashy, herby soil as well as a bit of sweet, dried apricot fruit. Nicely focused on entry with sweet peach and apricot fruit up front. Its really a fruit driven style with a round mid-palate that is hinting at sweetness. This shows a gentle herbal quality on the backend ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Toad Hollow Chardonnay Mendocino County 2008

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    Very pretty and pure aromas of slightly chalky fruit on the nose with a slight hint of leesy spice. This is moderately rich on the palate with very bright acids supporting apple, lime and pineapple toned fruit that has just a slightly spiced edge and creamy lees texture. The wine is smooth, and moderately intense on the palate in a friendly, u... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Kenwood Sonoma County Chardonnay Chardonnay Sonoma County 2009

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    Quintessential California Chardonnay on the nose with apple and pineapple over softly spicy, buttery oak tones. On the palate this has a gentle sweetness adding depth to the slightly simple white orchard fruit and pineapple fruit. Its soft and round on the mid-palate and fades gently, if a bit quickly, on the bright finish. A good value in an ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Saintsbury Chardonnay Carneros Brown Ranch 2008

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    Lemony fruit and lightly buttery, toasty oak greet the nose. On entry this ... ... but is a fine, typical Chardonnay. Its roundness might make it work well with moderately spicy south American dishes. Find some fish tacos! 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Le Faux Frog Vin de Pays DOC Chardonnay France 2008

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    This has a slight green, almost vegetal note that recalls green apple skins and ... tones. A focused style of Chardonnay that would be perfect with shellfish, raw or simply prepared. 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Biltmore Estate Chardonnay Château Reserve 2008

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    This offers up sweet fruits on the nose with a tropical fruit, banana and lime edge that recalls fruit stripes gum with a bit of raw wood underlay. On the palate it shows more of the sweet fruit in much the same vein with plenty of vanilla and subtle, sweet wood spice tones. Its round and generously styled but without much detail or complexity ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Handley Cellars Chardonnay Estate Vineyard Anderson Valley 2007

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    This has on off-putting bit of egginess right up front, a bit reminiscent of the Tomago sweet egg omelet used in sushi! Its a bit sweet with a powdered sugar and vanilla tone over perfumed pineapple and pear fruit. The entry shows a bit of that same sweetness with soft acids offering gentle support to the silky, bright, citrus and unripe aprico... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Franciscan Napa Chardonnay 2008

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    A bit toasty, smoky, and spicy on the nose with underlying notes of dried ... ... a rather big boned style of Chardonnay. The fruit is marked by wood spice and vanilla but is rich enough and deep enough to keep things balanced. Theres some interesting licorice spice notes across the palate and a buttery edge that extends through the moderately... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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