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Review: 2010 Jordan Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: jordanwinery.com Jordan winery has been a California favorite for decades. It offers wines of varying price points, made with the most popular varietals that California offers: Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Technical Data:  Varietal:100% Chardonnay Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley Alcohol: 13.79% T.A.: 0.74g/100mL pH: 3.31 R.S.: 0.04% Bottling Dates: July 15–August […]

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Review: 2010 Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.chateaustjean.com/ California certainly has a reputation for making over-oaked Chardonnay, however, this 2010 bottling from the Robert Young Vineyard is different. It has a much better balance than many of its peers at its respective price range and is rather food friendly. Technical Data:  Harvest Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 19, 2010 Harvest […]

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2010 Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.robertmondaviwinery.com While Mondavi is known around the world for its high-end cabs, it also produces much more affordable “daily wines” like this 2010 Chardonnay. It’s a “California-style” Chardonnay that isn’t over-oaked and one I’m sure many people will enjoy. Here’s the rub: Technical Data: Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 41% Napa […]

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2011 Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay – Napa Valley – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.rutherfordwine.com Rutherford Ranch wines is winery based in St. Helena California and has been family-run for over three generations. Located right on the Silverado Trail, its a favorite winery destination of locals as well as tourists. This fine little bottle of Chardonnay does a good job of showcasing that Napa […]

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2010 Hartford Russian River Valley Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.hartfordwines.com/ Hartford Family Cellars is clearly a Sonoma winery that’s dedicated to the art of making fine wines – although a good deal of its wines are well aboe the $50 mark, this little gem is only $32 and packs enough punch to take-on many White Burgundies at twice its price. […]

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2009 Clos Du Val Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.closduval.com Clos Du Val is a Napa brand that has wide-spread national distribution and has garnered a loyal following for producing good wines for the money. Technical Data: Appellation: Carneros, Napa Valley Composition: 100% Chardonnay Fermentation: Barrel fermented Cooperage: 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new barrels Acid: 6.6 […]

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Napa Cellars Reserve – 3-way Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.napacellars.com/ Napa Cellars’ reserve program has released three new releases that are all 100% varietal, made in small lots and designed to really showcase the terroir of the specific region the grapes were sourced from. \ 2010 Mount Veeder Chardonnay – W.E.P. Rating: 90% Technical Data: Appellation: Mount Veeder Composition: 100% Chardonnay […]

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2008 Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.foleywines.com Foley winery, located in Lampoo California (just north of Santa Barbara) uses local vineyards of the near-by Santa Rita Hills to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. If you haven’t tried Chardonnay from this region, then this is one that’d make a good starting place for your palate. Technical Data:  […]

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Review: 2008 Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.ridgewine.com Ridge Vineyards is known the world-over for producing exceptional Zinfandel but they also make wines from other varietals such as this Chardonnay as well as some red blends. At a MSRP of $60, this is one of the more expensive, domestic Chardonnay’s I’ve tasted and while I know the […]

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2008 La Follette Manchester Ridge Chardonnay – Review

La Follette is a premium producer in Healdsburg California and has developed a loyal fanbase of its wines. This is because it has a reputation of producing clean-tasting wines that are both true to the terrior and varietal composition. They are a bit on the higher-end of pricing but overall are pretty commonly priced as […]

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Robert Young hard-hitting 3-way action

Every now and then there comes along a winery who just seems to “get it” – they fire on all cylinders and produce wines of such outstanding character that one can’t help but step back in a bit of awe. Robert Young winery, located in Geyserville California, planted its vineyards in 1963 and has been […]

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A pair Middle-Sister Whites

By Duane Pemberton Middle Sister wines is for those women out there who want a little fun in the glass – made by women who are having a ball making wines that are directly aimed at being a “daily drinker”. The two most popular white grapes from California are Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio so this […]

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A white and red from Bouchaine – Review

The site of Bouchaine Vineyards was first planted in 1927 and was later acquired by an Italian immigrant who was the first to have a winery with a tasting room in that region of Napa Valley. Fast forward to 1981 and we have the current owners, Garret and Tatiana Copeland who ahve been producing premium wines […]

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Lucas & Lewellen 07 Chard and 05 Cab Franc – Review

The connection to the movie sideways is undeniable – Lucas & Lewellen Winery had its Pinot Noir featured in the movie that destroyed merlot sales. L&L is a central-coast California winery whose founders, Louis Lucas and Royce Lewellen came together and bought some land in this fertile grape-growing region and have really done a lot […]

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2005 Ventana Vineyards Chardonnay

Inasmuch as it might pain some wine drinkers out there who’ve had their fill of Chardonnay’s over the years – the reality is that this grape is going to be around for a long-time. It’s about as iconic to the wine industry as any grape could ever be and it’s still used to make some […]

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Jordan 2006 Chardonnay

Not to be at all confused with the infamous basketball player, Jordan winery was started by Tom Jordan in the Sonoma region of northern California back in 1972. Its owner has always held the ambition of making world-class wines from that region which would easily go toe-to-toe with the best in the world. It’s that […]

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