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In Your Face Finish: Balletto Chardonnay

2014 Balletto Chardonnay Russian River, Sonoma County, California The aromas are unique and aggressive, like you just walked into a kitchen where a freshly baked apple pie is cooling, and the chef just torched the sugar crust on a lemon Crème brulee.  (more…)

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“Go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay: Artesa

2013 Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley, California I used to have a “go-to” Napa Valley Chardonnay from Carneros that I recommended to anyone who was looking for a big lush wonderful Chardonnay, but that recommendation now belongs to Artesa. (more…)

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A Fun Wine: Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay

2015 Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay, Livermore Valley, California Karl Wente has got to be one of the nicest multi-generational family winery owners I have ever met. (more…)

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Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay: Delicious & Fruity

Wine Review: 2013 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California Rodney Strong has been around since ’59, which means they have had plenty of time to perfect their wine style and according to the winery, a long list of accomplishments—they were first to produce and release a Chalk Hill Chardonnay and the first to […]

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Chardonnay: Is The Pendulum Swinging Too Far In The Other Direction?

Chardonnay: Is the Pendulum Swinging Too Far in the Other Direction? It wasn’t that long ago when American’s couldn’t get enough of buttery California Chardonnay. Fast forward a decade and we’re in the “Anything but Chardonnay” period. Fast forward another decade and consumers demand a cleaner, austere style. The good news? Winemakers are listening. At […]

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Patz & Hall Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2013 Patz & Hall Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Chardonnay . This beautifully made 2013 Patz & Hall Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Chardonnay comes from some of the oldest plantings of Chardonnay in the western part of Sonoma County. Much of the vineyard is dry farmed, producing small berries that generate intense […]

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