Country: USA Region: Santa Barbara County Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2012 Body: full Alcohol: 13.7%
buttery texture…finishes clean and dry
The grapes for this wine come from a variety of vineyards that Winemaker Bruce McGuire has hand-selected over the years. Cool climate Chardonnay is balanced with those from warmer vineyards. This is a blend of stainless steel fermentation as well as barrel fermented fruit that undergoes malolactic fermentation and rests on the lees (spent yeast) to add weight and complexity. Pretty fruit of apple and apricot with lemon citrus with buttery texture with nice acidity to balance so it finishes clean and dry. try it with: Crab cakes, chicken pot pie, vegan orecchiette alfredo with basil, squash risotto
Country: France Region: Saint Pourçain (Loire) Varietal: Blend: 20% Tressalier 80% Chardonnay Vintage: 2011 Body: medium Alcohol: 13% saint pourcain
For centuries, the most important local grape was Tressallier. Historical records show that it flourished in Saint-Pourçain as nowhere else, but has since been eclipsed by Chardonnay. Denis Barbara has revived Tressallier, making it one of his signature grapes. In this Chardonnay-dominated blend we get raw honey, lavender, tart apple and apricot. But don’t be fooled—this wine is dry. A bracing acidity balances all that lovely fruit, coming through on the palate with a stony, chalky minerality. The slightly creepy label makes this one especially memorable.
Country: France Region: Pays d'Oc IGP Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2013 Body: medium- full Alcohol: 13%
The vines, which are planted in chalky soils at elevations ranging from 200 to 600 meters, are worked traditionally without herbicides or fertilizers. Domaine de Martinolles is a member of Terra Vitis, an organization that certifies the practice of sustainable agriculture.
We get ripe apple and pear fruits with a touch of minerality and lemony clean finish. No matter the terroir or wine making, this wine is just lovely.
Country: California Region: California Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2011 Body: full Alcohol: 13.5%
This long time favorite is Buttery… yes, with a capital “B.” What we like best, though, is that for $9, it pulls off the big buttery style with just the right amount of fruit and balance. This comes from a large producer using really solid wine-making, so we give them a pass. If a big, full bodied, smooth, buttery but balanced Chardonnay makes you smile, this is a great value, and that's all there is to it.
Try it with: Canadian Bacon and pineapple pizza, cheeseburger and sweet potato fries, Brie and crackers, clam chowder
Country: France Region: Petit Chablis AOC Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2010 Body: medium Alcohol: 12%
The Petit Chablis appellation is where you find great values with the lovely detail of the area. At a lower elevation and a larger area than Chablis you get riper fruit and lower acidity which translates to ready to drink everyday wines. This domain’s 13 hectare vineyard is situated directly above the south facing Premier Cru Côte de Lechet vineyard. On the nose we get chalky and stony minerality with apple and citrus. Mineral is dominating on the palate with golden delicious apple, light quince and persistent acidity creating a long finish.
The Petit Chablis appellation is where you find great values ...