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
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!
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.
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
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.
Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned Frenchoak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities,and during 8 months of barrel ageing, we regularlystirred the 'lees' in barrel, which gives a certainfullness and creamy texture on the palate.Encouraging malolactic fermentation addedadditional character, and in the glass the wineis both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruitcharacter, mineral, and toasty oak flavors.Enjoy over the next 1-3 years.
Rodney Strong Vineyards Chardonnay 2008 Chalk Hill and all other wine from Rodney Strong Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.
Food Pairings for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill
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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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