Toasted Head Chardonnay 2009
The nose offers ripe pineapple and peach aromas with toasted graham cracker. The bright straw color prepares the palate for the rich tropical fruit and luscious stone fruit with a viscous mouth feel accented by toasted coconut, vanilla and butterscotch. The creamy finish lingers with hints of buttered toast and lemon zest. This wine will pair well with creamy Italian pasta dishes, roasted chicken or fish, and fresh summer corn.
R.H. Phillips Winery, nestled in the Dunnigan Hills northwest of of Sacremento, was founded in 1983 by brothers Karl and John Giguiere along with John’s wife Lane. Twenty-eight years later the Giguiere’s continue to produce quality wine with the help of winemakers Blake Kuhn and Owen Smith. Known for their Toasted Head brand wines, the winery sits on 1,700 acres and is a favorite site for weddings and other special events.
Paler than the aroma and flavor indicates. Smells like amazing oaky buttery goodness. Flavor is incredibly intense, almost too intense. All the flavors the winemaker says may be in there, but to me it tastes like a slap-you-in-the-face chardonnay. Very yummy and very demanding on the palate.
Very toasty indeed with a nice creamy accent. To tell the truth, my first impression was that it was fake oak, but the winery claims 100% barrel-aged sur lie and batonage. It's just very oaky, but more in a good way than most super oaky chardannays, where the "oak chip" treatment is obvious. If you want a full-bodied chardonnay with a nice creamy flavor, then I recommend you give this a try.
On sale for $10 at the local grocery wine bin. Not as overoaked as I remember Toasted Head, but lacking the kind of lovely fruit I look for in California chardonnay. Overall, cannot recommend at the usual price, but OK at $10.
I thoroughly enjoy this Chardonnay. It has a wonderful flavor, nice full body and seems to hit the spot. This is a great wine to sip on a cold day. I am actually bundled inside for a hard freeze and this is the perfect wine for the occasion! I definitely think this wine is priced affordably for what you get and I absolutely love it! It's now on my fav list and will have it at on hand for sure. It just fills the mouth with wonderful rich flavors and you definitely won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Toasted Head Chardonnay
Big and buttery with vanilla extract and nutmeg spice. Upfront, there is plenty of ripe pear and fruit salad. Not a subtle white, this Toasted Oak Chardonnay!
Layers of tropical fruit, interwoven with toasty vanilla and butterscotch flavors.
A really good Chard, it satisfies with opulent tropical fruit flavors, buttercream, vanilla, buttered toast and Asian spice flavors, while the acids keep things crisp and clean. Good price for a wine of this quality.
Round, luscious flavors and aromas of pear, mango and other tropical fruits are accompanied by the toasty oak that gives this wine its namesake.
A fruit-forward Chardonnay displaying an array of sweet citrus and green apple flavors. It is medium-bodied with a rich, creamy finish of butterscotch.
Big, bold Chardonnay, 100% barrel fermented and aged on its lees, producing rich, tropical fruit flavors with notes of vanilla and butterscotch.
If you like big, fat Chardonnay, Toasted Head is for you. Layers of tropical fruit are interwoven with toasty vanilla and butterscotch flavors. A great match for sea bass with a fruit salsa or goat cheese stuffed chicken breasts.