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California Chardonnay Entering Its Golden Age?

A number of Golden State Chardonnays I’ve sampled in recent months has me thinking there are now a host of appealing, balanced and complex California Chardonnays available. Hallelujah! Maybe California’s most widely planted grape has at last entered its golden era. Continue reading

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Minerality, Tropical Fruit or Butter? The Styles of Chardonnay

If you like higher acid, more minerally wines, try Chablis, white Burgundy or California Chardonnays from Hanzell, Mount Eden or Rhys. If you are fond of more fruit and sweetness in your wine, try California producers like Kistler, Peter Michael and DuMOL. And if it’s the buttery and toasty taste of oak and general richness you long for, your best bets are Chardonnays from the likes of Aubert and Walter Hansel. Continue reading

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Sonoma in the City Tasting: 220 wines tasted from 72 producers

The producers that really stood out for me were Captûre, which is solely specializing in Bordeaux varieties, and doing an outstanding job with the Sauv Blancs they’ve released so far; Donum’s very good Pinots; Garnet’s surprisingly good (for the money) Pinots; Hanzell’s beautiful (as usual), not to mention very ageworthy, Chardonnay and Pinot; La Follette’s ’09 Pinots (much improved over Greg’s inaugural ’08 releases); Littorai’s delicious Chards and Pinots; and the very tasty Westherhold Family Syrahs, made by Syrah expert Russell Bevan. Continue reading

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