Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara 2010

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A bit low key on the nose with soft apple pie and grilled pineapple fruit under a topping of burnt marshmallow and vanilla cookies. Medium to full ... Read more

Sweet and fruity on the nose with notes of pear and pineapple accented by toasty wood spice and some green sap wood notes. Rather rich in the mouth... Read more

Sweet and quite spicy on the nose with heavy pineapple and papaya aromas topped with a bit of caramel and a touch of dried ginger. A bit round and ... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065201,096
0.00 5
07/20/2012

A bit low key on the nose with soft apple pie and grilled pineapple fruit under a topping of burnt marshmallow and vanilla cookies. Medium to full in the mouth with some hints of lemony acidity helping to balance out the obvious sweetness here. This is creamy and indistinct in the mouth with a nice balance of grilled pineapple and vanilla flavors on the mid-palate. Gains sweet graham cracker notes on the finish, which shows a bit of heat under the lemon candy sweetness. 82pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065201,096
2.50 5
01/30/2012

Sweet and fruity on the nose with notes of pear and pineapple accented by toasty wood spice and some green sap wood notes. Rather rich in the mouth with vivid acids that more than balance out the sweetness. This is almost Loire Valley Chenin-like with its combination of sweetness and blazing acidity. The fruit has a nice creamy edge with lots of caramel corn framing notes to the core of pineapple and green apple fruit. Finishes with spice, a touch of heat and some zesty, acid-driven fruit flavors. A lot of wine, too much actually, with the acidity becoming intrusive as you get used to the sweetness here. I’d rather not. 83pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065201,096
3.00 5
12/18/2012

Sweet and quite spicy on the nose with heavy pineapple and papaya aromas topped with a bit of caramel and a touch of dried ginger. A bit round and heavy on entry with nice acidity, but dried fruit flavors make this seem a bit dull. The flavors tend towards the dried mango and pineapple end of the spectrum with a juicy pop of lemon on the midpalate and oak influences which are fairly restrained, adding a spicy underlay and framing notes of vanilla through the back end. The finish is simple with lemon juice and egg cream flavors. Serviceable if a bit anonymous. 84pts Acidity: Medium Perceived Sweetness: Low Oak: Medium Low Spicy Flavors: Medium Savory Flavors: Low Fruity Flavors: Medium Intensity of Flavor: Medium Weight in Mouth: Medium High


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Snooth User: mikespeer
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3.00 5
09/04/2012

pear and apple on the nose...very full on the palatte with a hint of oak on the finish....


Snooth User: DEReam13
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0.00 5
05/19/2012

Its okay.


External Reviews for Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara

External Review
02/22/2012

"Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish." - Randy Ullom, WinemasterStatistical Information: Appellation: CaliforniaComposition:100% ChardonnayGrowing Regions:51% Monterey County47% Santa Barbara County2% Sonoma CountyAlcohol: 13.8%T.A.: 0.70/100mlpH: 3.35


External Review
09/18/2013

"Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish." - Randy Ullom, WinemasterStatistical Information:Appellation: CaliforniaComposition:100% ChardonnayGrowing Regions:51% Monterey County47% Santa Barbara County2% Sonoma CountyAlcohol: 13.8%T.A.: 0.70/100mlpH: 3.35 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
03/27/2013

The 2010 Chardonnay Vintner’s Reserve wraps around the palate with layers of expressive fruit. Butterscotch, spices, flowers and hazelnuts add complexity. This is another fabulous value. The entire 2,000,000 case production is made from estate-owned vineyards, which is simply mind-boggling to contemplate. Frequent lees-stirring and aging in French oak barrels impart a level of textural richness that is uncommon for a wine in this price range. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2014.


External Review
03/27/2013

This is clean and dry, with crisp acidity. It’s leaner than many richer Chardonnays, but shows plenty of wealth and creaminess, and citrus and pear flavors. A nice partner to roasted chicken or broiled halibut.


External Review
01/10/2013

This is clean and dry, with crisp acidity. Itandrsquo;s leaner than many richer Chardonnays, but shows plenty of wealth and creaminess, and citrus and pear flavors. A nice partner to roasted chicken or broiled halibut.


External Review
11/01/2012

Displays a mix of fresh, lively, snappy citrus, nectarine and tangerine flavors that turn supple and fleshy. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
01/10/2013

The 2010 Chardonnay Vintnerandrsquo;s Reserve wraps around the palate with layers of expressive fruit. Butterscotch, spices, flowers and hazelnuts add complexity. This is another fabulous value. The entire 2,000,000 case production is made from estate-owned vineyards, which is simply mind-boggling to contemplate. Frequent lees-stirring and aging in French oak barrels impart a level of textural richness that is uncommon for a wine in this price range. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2014.


Ratings & Tags for Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara

1119394 Snooth User: JustSayin
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3.00 5
11/11/2012

Winemaker's Notes:

"Undeniably the best Chardonnay for the price in the marketplace.... This crisp, medium-bodied, elegant, dry Chardonnay is an astonishing achievement considering the quantity produced as well as its price." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Undeniably the best Chardonnay for the price in the marketplace.... This crisp, medium-bodied, elegant, dry Chardonnay is an astonishing achievement considering the quantity produced as well as its price." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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