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Chardonnay

The Grape

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine that originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France. It is one of the most widely-planted grape varieties, with over 400,000 acres worldwide. Chardonnay is typically grown in cooler wine growing regions that are affected by morning fog and wind.

In California, Chardonnay is grown in Los Carneros, Russian River Valley, Central Coast, Napa Valley, Coombsville, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast, Adelaide, The Antelope Valley, and the River Junction. Worldwide, Chardonnay is grown in France, notably Chablis and Burgundy, South Africa, South America, Australia, and Italy.

The Wine

Chardonnay has a light natural flavor resembling stone fruit and lime with low to heavy minerals, depending on where it is grown. In cool climates, Chardonnay tends to have flavors of green apple and pear. In more moderate climates, the flavors of citrus, peach, and melon become more prominant. In warmer locations, notes of fig, tropical fruit, banana and mango are common.

When placed in oak barrels, the wine will undergo malolactic fermentation, and will have softer more balanced acidity transitioning the fruit flavors to more oak and hazelnut and creating a buttery mouthfeel.

Perfect Pairings

Light and crisp with good acidity, Chardonnay should be paired with roast vegetables, roast chicken, and other white meats such as turkey. Heavily oak influenced Chardonnays, tend to go better with smokey and spicy foods such as barbecue, Thai, and Indian foods.

Oaked Chardonnay pairs very well with aged gouda and smoked cheddar. Unoaked Chardonnay pairs well with tangy cheeses like goat cheese and Morbier.

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2010 Calstar Chardonnay Cuvee Ann
Starting at: $ 28.00

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Winemaker's Notes

This bottling is dedicated to my mother Ann Davis, who passed away in February 2012 from complications with Alzheimer’s. 

Golden straw in color with aromas of rich ripe Gravenstien apple and Bosc pear with notes of lemon cream, soft vanilla and toasted shortbread.  On the palette, the juicy acidity carries notes of green apple peel, lemon blossom and wet rock.  Very focused minerality and bright citrus notes balance the barrel richness and spice.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay 
Appellation: Sonoma Coast 
Clone Selection: Varied 
Harvest: October 13, 2010 (Ritchie Vineyard) October 22, 2010 (Sangiacomo Vineyard)
Barrel Aging: 30% New, 60% French, 40% Hungarian
Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented, mL Complete
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.44
TA: 5.81

Limited Production 120 Cases

2010 Calstar Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay
Starting at: $ 28.00

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Tasting Notes 

Straw colored, with aromas of baked apple, Meyer lemon and buttered pastries.  A great balance between bright, ripe apple and pear and toasted wheat.  Opulent and round on the palate, yeasty richness is followed up by baked pear, lemon curd and sweet oak.  The finish is carried through by honeyed fruits – apple, quince and pears- with a subtle spice of vanilla and clove.  Nuanced and luxurious.

Vineyard Profile

The Sonoma Coast is a renowned growing region known for its cool microclimates that contribute to slow grape maturation and optimum ripeness.  The well respected and highly sought after Sangiacomo Vineyard produces a rich, palette-driven Chardonnay with great texture and nuance.

The Roberts Road Vineyard, located at the northern end of the Petaluma Gap with cobbled alluvial soil and bench deposits, has proven itself to be the ideal location influenced by morning fog, warm days and strong afternoon winds leaving the grapes plenty of hang time and development of distinct flavors.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition:  100% Chardonnay, Wente Clone
Appellation:  Sonoma Coast, Roberts Road Vineyard
Harvest: October 22, 2010
Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.63

2011 Oak Cliff Cellars Sonoma Chardonnay (Unoaked)
$ 24.00

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Tasting Notes

Because this wine is made and aged in stainless tanks, the fruit is crisp and clean: initially notes of Green Apple and Pear are predominant when served chilled properly, and give way to Melon notes with a hint of Citrus as the wine warms in the glass. The mouthfeel is especially creamy due to the fact that it has undergone 100% malolactic fermentation, converting harsh malic acids to softer, milky ones.

Terroir

Grapes from this wine come from two Sonoma vineyards: one from southern Sonoma County in Carneros and the other from the Russian River area. Carneros is the cooler climate, with wind and fog prevalent conditions, meaning longer growing time, higher acidity and leaner fruit, while Russian River fruit tends to be riper and fatter in style. By blending fruit from the two distinctive areas, this wine results in high acidity and clean, crisp fruit leaning toward green apple and citrus, but with a nice, plump mid-palate of pear and melon.

Varietal:                      100% Chardonnay
Region:                       Sonoma County, California
Alcohol:                      14.0%

Limited Production - 222 Cases 

2012 Coruce Chardonnay
$ 23.95

Bronze Medal - San Francisco Chronicle

2012 Coruce Chardonnay: This wine from the Antelope Valley is comprised of 95% Chardonnay and 5% Viognier. Whole cluster pressed and settled for 3 days and then racked off its solids. Cold fermented for 35 days in stainless steel tanks and pressed off its lees and aged for 9 months in 3 year old French Oak barrels.

This wine has a combination of flavors and aromas of hazelnut, pear and citrus ending with a lingering toasty green apple finish. Serve chilled.

2013 Calstar Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Starting at: $ 22.80

GOLD MEDAL - 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
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Vineyard Profile

Indinoli Vineyard is located on Vine Hill School Road in the Santa Rosa Laguna region, known for it's cooler temperatures, foggy mornings and sandy soils. It is planted to a mix of Old Wente, Robert Young, and #4, #8 and #809 Clones of Chardonnay.  This clonal variation takes advantage of the varied aspects of the vineyard and adds great complexity to the wines from this site.

Winemaker's Notes

Straw green yellow in the glass, this rich Chardonnay embodies what was a near-perfect vintage for coastal Sonoma Coast vineyard sites. The nose is focused and precise – green apple, Meyer lemon, kiwi and kefir lime. Supporting notes of toasted shortbread, vanilla and cut grass round out the aromas. On the palette, clean citrus zest acidity balances out the full body and rich fruitiness. The barrel fermentation lends to a creamy, luxurious texture and a hint of sweet baking spices. The finish lingers with wet rock, pineapple and key lime.


Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Sonoma Coast 
Vineyard: Indinoli Vineyard
Bottled: July 2014
Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented, mL Complete
Alcohol: 14.2%
Release Date: October 15, 2015

Limited Production 146 Cases 

2013 Coruce Chardonnay
$ 23.95

Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle

2013 Coruce Chardonnay Antelope Valley

The wine is comprised of 95% Chardonnay, 3% Viognier and 2% Semillion.  Whole cluster pressed and settled for 3 days and then racked off the solids.  Cold fermented for 26 days in stainless steel tanks and racked off the lees and aged for 12 months in 3 year old French oak barrels.

The wine has a combination of flavors and aromas of hazelnut, pear, green apple and pineapple with a lingering toasty finish.  Nice acidity

2013 Ryan Cochrane Wines Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley "Solomon Hills Vineyard"
$ 34.00

92 Points - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
92 Points - Dr. Rusty Gaffney, "The Prince of Pinot"
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Tasting Notes 

This is my very first Chardonnay and I made it about as simply as you can. That said, there’s nothing simple about this wine! Pressed directly into barrels, it went through both primary and secondary fermentation on its own. All in all, this was fermenting for 8-9 months non-stop. I just stirred the lees every two weeks and that was about it! It’s a total olfactory wine. The powerful nose contains hints of crisp pineapple, melty banana, green apple, vanilla bean, creme brulee and that classic marine-influenced Santa Maria je ne sais qois that is synonymous with the region. On the palette, the wine pays off the nose perfectly with an added twist of Meyer lemon and peach juice to boot. Full malolactic fermentation added a plushness up front, but there’s great acid on this wine that carries it through and builds to a nice crisp snap on the finish, which just goes on and on and on. Thine lips shalt smack!

100% Chardonnay Clone 4
Native yeasts
Full malolactic fermentation
Lees stirring
Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new
14.0% Alcohol

Limited Production 5 Barrels Produced

2015 Ascension Silver Blanc
$ 36.00

Double Gold - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal – 2016 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

Gold Medal / 90 Points – 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition

Gold Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal / 92 Points - 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Silver Medal / 89 points - 2016 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes 

Our 2015 Silver white blend has a beautiful, luminous golden shimmer, followed by a nose of rich aromatics of pear, orange blossom, white peach, Meyers lemon, and Plumeria blossoms. The palate is laced with rich mineral flavors of juicy citrus, Asian pear, peach and crisp Gala apples; a seductive, balanced acidity gives this wine a lingering finish that pulls you back for more.
Pair this wine with light to medium body cheeses, seafood, shellfish, oven-roasted chicken, grilled vegetables and sunsets.
Composition: 36% Marsanne / 33% Roussanne / 25% Chardonnay / 6% Viognier
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard (Rhone Varietals) / Castoro Cellars (Chardonnay)
AVA: Paso Robles AVA
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production 465 cases 

2015 Oak Cliff Cellars Sonoma Chardonnay
$ 24.00

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Tasting Notes

With flavors of green apple, pear, and melon, this rich and lightly-oaked Chardonnay is the perfect complement to fish, chicken, and foods with cream-based sauces and becomes increasingly elegant as it warms in the glass.

Terroir

Grapes for this wine come from two Sonoma vineyards: one from southern Sonoma County in Carneros and the other from the Russian River area. Carneros is the cooler climate, with wind and fog prevalent conditions, meaning longer growing time, higher acidity and leaner fruit, while Russian River fruit tends to be riper and fatter in style. By blending fruit from the two distinctive areas, this wine results in high acidity and clean, crisp fruit leaning toward green apple and citrus, but with a nice, plump mid-palate of pear and melon.

Varietal:                      100% Chardonnay
Region:                       Sonoma County, California

Limited Production - 222 Cases 

2016 Anderson Valley Chardonnay
$ 24.00

Tasting Notes

Green apple, spice, white flowers on the nose, sweet, simple, touch of citrus, green apple on the mouth, slight hint of oak, medium finish accentuated by the residual sugar. 

Appellation: Anderson Valley

2016 Brooks Note  Chardonnay
$ 30.00

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Tasting Notes 

This is my take on a Chablis, made with California fruit.  It was fermented in neutral oak barrels to give it the roundness and viscosity you expect in a California Chardonnay, without the toasty, oaky flavors.  It was aged on the lees for 17 months, with only occasional stirring.  It has not gone through malolactic fermentation, so the crispness is more like a Sauvignon Blanc than a Chardonnay.

The Wine 

In the glass: Deep golden color

Aroma: Honeysuckle, citrus and tropical fruit

In the mouth: Crisp, refreshing entry with citrus flavors and round mouth feel, a little brioche and vanilla highlights the honeysuckle flavors

Finish: Nice long floral and citrus finish, with just a hint of vanilla, oak, and tropical fruit at the end

 

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2016 Essere Franco Chardonnay
$ 50.00

The 2016 Chardonnay offers up aromas of spiced pears, ripe peaches, popcorn and buttered toast with a waft of cedar. Medium to full-bodied with grippy texture and a lively backbone cutting through the intense flavors, it finishes long and spicy.

-Robert Parker, January 2018 Wine Advocate

 

Light toasted notes with white flower and Asian pear with subtle hints of vanilla. The wine is bright and vibrant with the same Asian pear showing through on the palate.

-Tom Foster, Winemaker

 

Napa Valley Chardonnay

Estate Grown - Coombsville

Berry Lane Vineyard

Alc. – 14.8%

 

2016 Mariah Vineyard Chardonnay
$ 32.00

Tasting Notes

Extra spicy on the nose, Meyer lemon curd, the mouth is citrus, white stone fruit (nectarine peach) floral character on honeysuckle and lemon flower. Rich, long finish. Nice notes of new French oak, combined with some barrel character from the Foudre. Rich long finish, Grapefruit 

Made from Italian clone grapes / 400 gallons / fermented in Foudre

A Foudre is a large wooden vat, it can contain up to 300 hectoliters and more. This word is coming from the German " Fuder " translated as « cartful, containing », having entered in the French language in the 16th C. This type of vat is to be found particularly in the Mediterranean vineyards. The use of Foudre for maturation results from a long wine tradition, but its interest is also linked to the volume, the thickness of staves and the age of the vat.

Appellation: Mendocino Ridge

2018 Brooks Note Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Futures - 6 Bottles
$ 180.00

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Tasting Notes 

This is my take on a Chablis, made with California fruit.  It was fermented in neutral oak barrels to give it the roundness and viscosity you expect in a California Chardonnay, without the toasty, oaky flavors.  It was aged on the lees for 17 months, with only occasional stirring.  It has not gone through malolactic fermentation, so the crispness is more like a Sauvignon Blanc than a Chardonnay.

The Wine 

In the glass: Deep golden color

Aroma: Honeysuckle, citrus and tropical fruit

In the mouth: Crisp, refreshing entry with citrus flavors and round mouth feel, a little brioche and vanilla highlights the honeysuckle flavors

Finish: Nice long floral and citrus finish, with just a hint of vanilla, oak, and tropical fruit at the end

 

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Gold Coast Vineyards 2015 Estate Chardonnay
$ 45.00

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