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Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2008
Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill
Nice citrus notes on the nose are joined by a backdrop of spice. The fruit scents are really quite penetrating with a lemon oil hard candy edge to them. There’s some lemon verbena and touch of talc here as well. Nice and edgy right up front with more lemony fruit on the palate which offers a nicely plush feel without being weighty or fat. The acid is vibrant and keeps this on a fine edge right through the palate and on to the moderately long finish, which shows a mellow suggestion of barrel aging. It’s all about the zesty citrus fruit presented in an uncomplicated, but not easy style that is very cleansing on the finish. This is really a great value. 90pts
Rich, buttery Chardonnay. A little spicy, and woody. Acidic, but combined with the right levels of heat, it's not too strong. Clean but moderately long finish.
I wish all cali chardonnay was made like this. Small kiss of vanilla oak with a touch of light bubbles. Well balanced and lighter bodied than expected with surprising soft acidity. Great sipper. Not really a food wine, which is fine. Just a really pleasant experience.
Citrus and oak on the nose. Nice and mild acid on the palate. Well balanced. Enjoyed it with fish.
Has some character. Heavier rich chardonnay.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill
Winemakers notes: Frequent stirring of the lees during barrel aging added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, plush mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity. Powe
A perfect example of Sonoma Chardonnay, full of bright peach fruit, crisp, lively and smooth. Hard to believe that one can still find good Sonoma Chard at this price!
You have to hand it to Rodney Strong for being able to produce 71,000 cases of this wine at such an affordable price. It shares the ripe peach, green-apple, butter, smoke and spice notes of much more expensive Chards, and the crisp acidity, although not the complexity or opulence. But it's a very nice wine, and a good value.
Their 2008 was fermented in French Oak and displays yellow apple and pie spice flavors, with a hint of mineral on the long, creamy finish.
Winemaker's notes:Frequent stirring of the lees during barrel aging added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, plush mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity. Powerful aromas of spiced apple, pear, and pie crust join minerally lemon-cream and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true chardonnay lovers.
Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma has some of the most extensive vineyard holdings in the county. To make their Reserve Chardonnay, winemaker’s Rick Sayre and David Ramey select individual grape lots from their best Russian River Valley vineyards. Each lot is individually barrel fermented in French oak. Frequent lees stirring during the 13 months of barrel aging adds a creamy texture and complexity. It's full-bodied and lush with tropical fruit and compelling richness.
Zesty acidity gives this medium-bodied wine plenty of vibrancy, highlighting the citrus and green apple flavors. Ends with a crisp aftertaste. Drink now through 2011.
Food Pairings for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill
Roasted Trout with Lemon & Walnut-Browned Butter Recipe
Velveted Chicken or Shrimp Recipe
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Frequent stirring of the lees during barrel aging added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, plush mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity. Powerful aromas of spiced apple, pear, and pie crust join minerally lemoncream and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true chardonnay lovers.
|Total Acidity: 6.3 grams per liter|
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