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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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Bergstrom Chardonnay Sigrid 2012


    Subtle nose with nice oak shadings with hints of smoky oak along with a bit of dried fruit. Big wine, wow there's power here, great supporting acids, lovely texture with a bit of figgy richness on the backend of the palate with peachy and Asian pear fruit. This is showing fine length, elegant with a bit of wood sweetness, and a little bit of nut... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brick House Cascadia Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2010


    5% new wood Even more earthy and funky on the nose with aromas of peanuts layered with floral notes, lots of earthy, leathery funky notes, and dried orange peel. This is round and clear on the palate, delicate with some textural interest, good length, with some pebbles on the finish and a bit of apple fruit. Its a beautiful wine, ripe and delic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brick House Cascadia Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2011


    almost no new wood Funky lees notes lend an earthy cast to the unusually violet tinged nose. Very bright and precise in the mouth with hints of peachy fruit and dusty chalkiness. There are lots of subtle funky undertones here, with great freshness in the mouth, clean and long with brilliant fruit and fine minerality on the long, elegant and ref... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brick House Cascadia Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2012


    Significantly more new wood A bit funky and decidedly mineral one the nose with white peppery and sweet oaks spice accenting the base of slightly white floral notes with tropical fruit peels. Elegant and broad in the mouth with some stuffing to it, but this is very soft on the plate considering the weight, though it turns clean, fresh, and preci... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Winderlea Chardonnay 2007


    Lovely waxy coconut tinged aromas greet the nose, along with hints of creamy green fruit, and a nice touch of floral perfume. Fairly oaky with hints of caramel on entry with good weight, fresh and transparent in style, if bit simple. theres a little toasty oak on the finish, along with more orangy acids as this wraps up in a simple, elegant fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Brittan Vineyards Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2012


    40% Clone 108, which doesn't exist, is actually a selection of clones 4 and 5 100% bf, 45% new Very perfumed and leesy on the nose with wood spice,a bit of minerally dusty notes, with plenty of ripe apple and peach fruit, with hints of toasted almonds all coming together quite intensely. This is bright, ripe and full in a rather flamboyant style... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvée Anne Eola-Amity Hills 2011


    70% Bieze, 30 Voytilla\1/2% chaptilied with a little boytritisPicked almost a month later than 2011 Retail price is $40 Fine oak overlay lends a spicy shen to the reticent nose. This is quite focused in the mouth, sharing some of the figgy character of the 2012 but with much finer balance. Elegant and transparency on the palate, with pithy citru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Walter Scott Chardonnay Cuvée Anne Eola-Amity Hills 2012


    Bieze vineyard . Shares a fence line with Seven SpringsPlanted eight years ago, 650 west and slightly south facingOne new puncheon and three old barrique. Slightly more oak on the nose which shows a buttery, cheesy and nutty edge. In the mouth this is a bit smooth and almost jammy with crisp yellow fruits, apple with a little banana on the plate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Walter Scott Voytilla Chardonnay Chehalem Mountains 2012


    20 yo Dijon clone .9 acre500 liter puncheon, battonage during primary only then never touched until raking, all volcanic soil, 500 ft elevation Lightly obvious oak greets the nose with cedary and spicy accents to the bright apple and lemon curd fruit. The bright acids contribute to a fabulous mouthfeel, a little fleshy with fine orange cream or... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Artesa Chardonnay Carneros 2010


    Chardonnay typique californien. Vanille à la fin. Je remonte ma note. Read More

    Wine review by Ivan Chaney

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