Chardonnay California 2009
Light straw in color, the wine’s aromas show off its Carneros character right up front: fresh, assertive suggestions of papaya, guava and ripe citrus, with a light creamy note and a touch of sweet oak. The palate of the wine is firm and bright, but with plenty of stuffing and dimension, and an especially long, fruity, resonant finish. It is an excellent match for shellfish or any seafood preparation this side of bouillabaisse, as well as for light pastas and grilled or roasted poultry. Makes a great aperitif, too.
"Despite the enormous influence of California's wineries, too few specialize in premium wines at value prices. One that does is Cartlidge and Browne. Avoiding extra oak and other types of manipulation used by some vintners, Cartlidge & Browne produces fruity, pure, and vibrant wines that reflect varietals' personalities.
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Essence of stone fruit, pear, and hints of minerals. Very elegant and well-balanced; almost Macirc;con-like.
This estate's Chardonnay has always been a great value. Kissed by oak, it reveals plenty of tropical fruit in a medium-bodied, exuberant style. It is ideal for drinking now and over the next 18-20 months. Consume it before the 2003 is released next year. Kudos to this California winery that knows how to make satisfying wine at bargain basement prices.
Bright and soft don't generally fit together in the ordinary scheme of things. The sun? Not exactly soft. Pillows? Not really all that bright, generally. But such are the contradictions that make this California Chardonnay exciting. A bright nose of apple and pear is balanced with a light touch of oak that never overwhelms. The first sip presents more fruit and a full-bodied, silky feel, and then follows through with a crisp, mouth-coating finish.
The tasty 2006 Chardonnay offers orange blossom, lemon oil, and tropical fruit notes, medium body, crisp acidity, and fine purity as well as freshness. There is no evidence of oak in this lovely Chardonnay. These are all excellent values!
The 2003 Chardonnay offers abundant amounts of tropical fruits, surprising opulence, fine purity, and an attractive tactile impression. This uncomplicated, fruit-forward, tasty offering should be consumed over the next 12 months.
The terrific 2001 Chardonnay exhibits copious quantities of tropical fruits, excellent ripeness, tremendous purity, and a medium-bodied, vivacious personality. It is hard to believe this much flavor can be packed into a $10 wine. Enjoy it over the next year.
Cartlidge & Browne's top offering is their Chardonnay, and the 1999 is again a splendid success. This offering sees a touch of oak as well as some malolactic, but the emphasis is on abundant tropical fruit presented in a lively, medium-bodied, lush format. The aforementioned tropical fruits along with honeyed citrus can be found in both the aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied, pure Chardonnay is a treat to drink.
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