It’s A Nice Day For A Chardonnay!
Ah, Chardonnay. I think of it as the “chicken” of wine, because it can be created in so many different styles, from crisp, austere and green-apple infused to “butter and oak bombs.” We all have our favorite styles. Personally, I’m not a big fan of big, buttery, oaky Chardonnays, but there are plenty of folks out there who crave that style.
Here we go:
Thomas George Estates
2009 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $32
This is a Chardonnay that I’d actually buy and I don’t usually buy Chardonnay! It is simply gorgeous! If this wine were a car, it’d be a Bentley – super sleek and sexy. Aromas and flavors of white flowers (sweet Alyssum, lemon blossom and honeysuckle), pear and a hint of toast are all wrapped up in a perfectly balanced, creamy, yet bright mouthfeel.
Rodney Strong Vineyards
2008 Chardonnay, Chalk Hill Vineyard $20
This Chardonnay is all about finesse and elegance – think Lauren Bacall smiling over her satin-clad shoulder at Humphrey Bogart and you’ll be on my happy little Chardonnay planet with me. Mouthwatering scents of ripe pear, Meyer lemon, butter cream and a whiff of vanilla continue as flavors in the luscious mouth.
2008 Chardonnay, Napa Valley $13
Buy some. Buy some now! This is a $40 Chardonnay in a $14 dress! Creme Brulee, ripe pear, apple and toast with just a dab of butter delight the senses from the first sniff, through the balanced mouth and on through the finish.
2009 Chardonnay, Paso Robles $19
Apple butter, toast, a sprinkle of cinnamon, butter and vanilla set the stage here – all are present and accounted for from the first sniff, through the creamy mouth and on through the finish.
2007 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains $29
Aromas and flavors of butter toffee, pear, apple, toasted hazelnuts and a hint of citrus abound in this pretty wine. Rich and balanced in the mouth.
2009 Chardonnay, SLH Estate, Santa Lucia Highlands $25
This wine is super rich and a little bit sassy – picture Kim Kardashian, poured into a gold satin gown, eating apple pie ala mode, with a tiny bit of melted ice cream on her chin…Nice, huh? Aromas and flavors of baked apple, spice, white flowers, cream and toast abound.
2009 Chardonnay, Monterey $19.50
Picture Billy Idol, singing “White Wedding,” and you?ll be halfway there. This Chardonnay is zesty, bright and juicy – it’s loaded with apple, citrus, buttered toast and spice aromas and flavors. It’s a nice day for a —Chardonnay!