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The Wine Alley USD 15.99 750ml

Toad Hollow Chardonnay Mendocino County 2008

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100% malolactic treatment and was left on the “lees” for (8)eight months. This was done to maintain the acidity and to give the wine the middle mouth complexity desired.

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Toad Hollow Vineyards:
The Legend: Toad Hollow is a collaboration of two old friends who, more or less, retired to an existence of peace and quiet in the Hollow, after a life of whirlwind world travel. Neither of these two gentlemen believed in self-denial, and over the years had probably wined and dined at every major eatery and watering hole in the universe. Dr. Toad and The Dancing Badger (as they were fondl... Read more
The Legend: Toad Hollow is a collaboration of two old friends who, more or less, retired to an existence of peace and quiet in the Hollow, after a life of whirlwind world travel. Neither of these two gentlemen believed in self-denial, and over the years had probably wined and dined at every major eatery and watering hole in the universe. Dr. Toad and The Dancing Badger (as they were fondly called) were sitting on the veranda one day gazing out over Mr. Badger's beautiful hillside vineyards that ran from the banks of the Russian River clear up to the house. They began to discuss the fun times they had experienced over many years, remembering all the wonderful people they had met. During their conversation they decided they wanted to find a way to repay the warmth and friendship shown them along the way. As the two old friends had in common a love of good food and fine wine, they agreed whatever the plan, it must honor food or wine. With Dr. Toad's infamous years in the restaurant business (and whose wife was adamant that he never return to it) and Mr. Badger's keen palate and exceptional ability to make stellar wines, the two decided they would pioneer the making of world-class wines at affordable prices. This natural pairing—Dr. Toad, a man known around the neighborhood as one who could sell sand to a Sheik, as well as a consummate storyteller…he would be in charge of marketing; while Mr. Badger, a gentleman extraordinaire, who had honed his palate during visits to chateaux, whilst dancing for kings…would craft the wine. It is obvious to all who knew these two that retirement was not part of their makeup, as they were off and running with their new project immediately. As you taste the wines from Toad Hollow Vineyards, please take a moment to envision these two old friends…Dr. Toad and Mr. Badger, sitting on the veranda, smiling as they raise a glass of wine to salute you. (Heaven knows that neither would turn down a chance to share a good bottle of wine.) In light of the legend just read, please keep in mind that Toad Hollow wines are very seriously crafted from premium vineyards along the California Coast. We will continue to offer you stellar wines at an affordable price. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Toad Hollow Chardonnay Mendocino County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,267
3.00 5
06/20/2010

Very pretty and pure aromas of slightly chalky fruit on the nose with a slight hint of leesy spice. This is moderately rich on the palate with very bright acids supporting apple, lime and pineapple toned fruit that has just a slightly spiced edge and creamy lees texture. The wine is smooth, and moderately intense on the palate in a friendly, uncomplicated style that features noticeable impact from the lees. A bit simple but well suited for pairing with something like a grilled fish sandwich, or maybe Portobello burgers. 86pts


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Snooth User: UberAlexander
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2.00 5
01/08/2010

very acid with very little flavor


Snooth User: Katiesburnett
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0.00 5
08/03/2011

This was the wine that made me a Chardonnay fan. In the past, overly oaky tones had turned me off to Chard, but when I realized there was more to this variety than Oak, I was won over for life.


Snooth User: levelguy
9246978
0.00 5
08/29/2011

Very good wine. Very fruit forward and mellow finish.


Snooth User: verymoody1
7552769
4.00 5
02/02/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Toad Hollow Chardonnay Mendocino County

11/12/2010

Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Unoaked Chardonnay remains a hit-and-miss proposition, and when wineries try to do it with their least interesting grapes, the results are never pretty. Admittedly, there is a good first look at the grape's appley side to this wine, but it runs to uninteresting simplicity and a mix of softness at the front and acidity at the back.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Unoaked Chardonnay remains a hit-and-miss proposition



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100% malolactic treatment and was left on the “lees” for (8)eight months. This was done to maintain the acidity and to give the wine the middle mouth complexity desired.

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