Friday, December 25, 2009

Chalone Vineyards Chardonnay

This was floating around at Christmas. California style Chard; around 20$ or so. Lots of pear, citrus, cream, and some toasty character. Ripe, but with good balance of oak, fruit, and acidity. Really pretty nice. Some of the stuff we had was, well, fairly atrocious, this wasn't all that bad. B+ Apparently made the Wine Spectator Top 100 this year.


maulmatt! said...

It's cool climate Chard being from Chalone. I was thinking of visiting there when I'm in CA in April. Your notes were almost an exact fit for the Chard I had last night... Artesa Carneros Chard. Solid, nothing spectacular, nice fruit with just a little toastiness.

Jeff said...

There are a lot of California Chards that fit this bill. I imagine that Wine Spectator could just as well picked one of a few dozen wines, and no one would have blinked. Maybe that's why I'm not really into California Chardonnay...I like this style (except it's boring), whereas the oaky, buttery ones repulse me.