Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2017

Deep gold. Inviting nose of baked apple and underripe banana. Medium full palate of baked app, birch, tropical fruit, and a hint of vanilla stone al wrapped around a firm backbone of juicy acidity. Typically moderate finish. An almost Burgundian Willamette Valley Chardonnay sourced from four prestigious vineyards and finished in a combination of stainless steel and French oak. Take it anywhere you’d take a fine Meursault including firm white fish, scallops, or rich casseroles. Drink now through 2027. Maybe even beyond. — a day ago

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Peter Michael Winery

Belle Côte Chardonnay 2018

Ming L

A friend said he would bring a Peter Michael red,so I thought it would be fun to bring a white.

The opening nose is predominantly citrus and jasmine, not the ripe stone fruits I was expecting. Golden apple, pear, roasted nuts, and hint of brioche followed as it opened up in the glass. Viscous but not heavy on the palate with well judged acidity. Beautiful balance between richness and delicacy. Long mineral driven finish.
— 2 days ago

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Henri Germain et Fils

Chevalières Meursault Chardonnay 2018

This wine is super nuanced and it really took on different notes throughout the evening depending on airtime, temp, and pairing. My favorite was after it had a good deal of airtime and was closer to room temp. I went back and checked old notes. It paired favorably in past to ‘17 Lafon. This bottle did not quite get there. Maybe it’s me but experiencing a lot of white burg bottle variation — a day ago

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Domaine Leflaive

Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 1992

Tasted blind. Medium gold. Rich, “wow” nose... has a noticeable power that is a step above the other whites tonight. Lots of lemon and citrus, some gravel stone and dirt, tan spice, white acacia flowers. Later some creme brûlée thing pops in. The experience goes on and on for hours. Has an amazing level of balance... fruit, richness, complexity and structure. Again shows us this is an all time white. We all nailed our guess on this beauty by the process of deduction and the obvious quality of this amazing, in great condition juice. — 17 hours ago

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Margaret River Chardonnay 2014

Pale Lemon in colour. More in the lean style for Margaret River as compared to the richer “peaches and cream “ style of Cuvées like Leeuwin Art Series and Pierro. The oak has been judiciously dialled back not to overwhelm the more delicate fruit profile of citrus and grapefruit. Finished off with crisp acid. Would have liked a riper fruit profile from this good vintage. Perhaps picking a little later? — 12 hours ago

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Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Crazy nice aromas. Quince, white flowers, lemon, gooseberries, a hint of lactic richness, also with salt spray nose. So this is almost Chablisien. But the palate is like *good* petit Chablis. Can’t say I get a ton of Cali terroir, as much as the stylistic crafting a of an “old world” wine (grapes picked early etc). I usually agree with AG but can’t get on board with the score here. — a day ago

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Domaine Leflaive

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 1992

Tasted blind. Medium gold. Heavy in the glass. Tropical nose. Notes of citrus, pear, gravel stone, honey, some mint. Lots of power and silky richness in the mouth. Had a lemon creme thing build up in the nose over the evening that is very enticing. Long finish. Guessed 90 Ramonet BBM. — 2 days ago

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The hits just keep coming

Pepper Tree

Venus Block Orange Chardonnay 2014

See previous notes. They still apply. All the hallmarks of modern Australian Chardonnay. Nutty leesy aromas with rock melon notes - from the cool climate district near the city of Orange. A light to medium weight palate. Proving that the Orange/Tumbaramba district is a great area for cool climate Chardonnay with Penfolds sourcing fruit from here for their top Chardonnays like Yattarna. Also Phillip Shaw (former winemaker for Rosemount when they were famous) has set up a winery here under his own name. — 2 days ago

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Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2016

Ron R

How nice it is to move away from domestic wines, and relearn that there are equally outstanding examples on other continents - let me introduce you to exhibit A.
This is an Aussie benchmark displaying grapefruit, lemon and a hint of lanolin. Palate is squeaky clean, with a razor-sharp, flinty edge. Finishes long, with tension and weight. Kissed with light oak treatment, and pristine white fruits, this will run well beyond another 15 years. Brilliant.
— 3 days ago

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John Van Trijp

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@Ron R i love this wine!
Scott Rowe

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It’s a classic!!
Ron R

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@John Van Trijp, I’m with you. And price wise’ it’s not expensive.

Domaine Ramonet

Bienvenue Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 1992

Tasted blind. Medium gold color. Tight nose. Some apricot and lemon, but not giving much like the other whites despite it having ample air time. Has lots of fruit and power inside, but there is a slight taint that comes and goes that hides this wine’s true self. It came around though and showed better before it was polished off. Hugely enjoyable but just a touch off. — 2 days ago

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