Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2008

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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...

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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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 expec... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
04/30/2010

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


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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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4.00 5
06/21/2011

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.


Snooth User: aronowm2
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4.50 5
11/13/2009

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.


Snooth User: MrRiesling
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3.50 5
05/02/2010

Citrus and oak on the nose. Nice and mild acid on the palate. Well balanced. Enjoyed it with fish.


Snooth User: Hoopie1
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3.50 5
07/25/2011

Has some character. Heavier rich chardonnay.


External Reviews for Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill

External Review
05/23/2011

Shows nice pineapple tart, lemondrop, buttered toast and vanilla oak flavors, brightened with crisp acidity. Finishes quick and could be more concentrated, but it's a very good elegant Chardonnay at a fair price.


External Review
05/23/2011

Does a good job at expressing ripe, cool-climate Chardonnay character at a fair price. Creamy and smooth, it shows peach, pear, buttered toast and vanilla flavors, with a spicy finish.


External Review
12/21/2009

We barrel fermented a bit less than half of this wine, and aged that portion in barrel for 9 months, offering the wine a touch of brown spice and vanilla, while cold fermenting the other half to maximize a fresh fruit-forward character. Bright lemon and apple aromas mingle with hints of toasty barrel complexity, and on the palate, pear and pineapple with spice and refreshing acidity will have you coming back for another glass. Enjoy this lively chardonnay now and over the next couple of years.


External Review
05/23/2011

Made from three prime growing regions, Russian River, Chalk Hill and Sonoma Coast, this Chard offers lots of complexity at a good price. It's a forthright wine, rich in peach pie flavors, including the smoky, buttery pie crust, and is entirely dry. Amazingly good when you consider the massive production: 185,000 cases.


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
12/11/2009

Bright lemon and apple aromas mingle with hints of toasty barrel complexity, and on the palate, pear and pineapple with spice and refreshing acidity will have you coming back for another glass. Enjoy this lively chardonnay now and over the next couple of years.


External Review
05/23/2011

Straddles the line between an earthy herbaceousness and riper notes of peaches and apples. Either way, this is a balanced, crisp young wine, with a creamy texture and a very dry finish.


External Review
05/23/2011

Blended from estate grapes as well as neighboring properties, this wine exhibits a tropical, buttery style upheld by a soft oaky undercoating. Try with your favorite seafood fare.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Tasting Notes The wine is both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral, and toasty oak flavors. Enjoy over the next 1-3 years.

Tasting 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 lemoncream and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true chardonnay lovers.

Wine Tasting Notes The wine is both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral, and toasty oak flavors. Enjoy over the next 1-3 years.

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Chemical Analysis:

Total Acidity: 6.3 grams per liter

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