Toasted Head Chardonnay Chardonnay 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

Region: USA » California

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  • 2009

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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R. H. Phillips Winery & Vineyard:
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.
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Member Reviews for Toasted Head Chardonnay Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Matt W
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4.00 5
02/19/2011

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.


Snooth User: itsonme
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3.50 5
02/06/2011

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.

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  • Snooth User: ralaspech
    67839538
    3.00 5
    03/04/2011

    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.


    Snooth User: brunermom
    7565864
    5.00 5
    02/03/2011

    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!


    Snooth User: luvogt
    502548186
    2.00 5
    08/31/2011

    Two glasses


    External Reviews for Toasted Head Chardonnay Chardonnay

    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    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!


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    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.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    Round, luscious flavors and aromas of pear, mango and other tropical fruits are accompanied by the toasty oak that gives this wine its namesake.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    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.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    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.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    Also available in the 1.5 liter size in attractive packaging (great for gifts), R.H. Phillips has mastered the method of toasting an inside portion of their oak barrels to create a huge, warm oak flavor. Apricot is the dominant fruit flavor as the vanilla and slight spicy nuances of the oak add to the smokey aspects of this fire-breathing bear!


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    05/22/2011

    Layers of tropical fruit, interwoven with toasty vanilla and butterscotch flavors.


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    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.

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