Stateways March April 2018

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StateWays | | March/April 2018 46 RETAILER WINE SELECTIONS — CHARDONNAY (95) FEL Chardonnay 2015 (California). The Anderson Valley offering from FEL outdrinks its price point by a long shot. Aromas of fresh melon and Granny Smith apples balance out the bright, fresh, ripe pear. This is textbook Ander- son Valley Chardonnay. ($31.99) (94) Daou Paso Robles Chardonnay 2015 (California). A beautifully balanced chardon- nay from Paso Robles. It has a rich mouthfeel of butter, and a hint of caramel with pops of tropical fruit and acidity. An amazing wine for dishes with butter as a theme. ($20.99) (94) J.Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016 (California). This is where winemaker Kris- ten Barnhisel gets to shine with a "best of the best" approach. Best site and clones, hand- picked at night, whole-cluster pressed, oak aged for 14 months in barrels sourced from five different cooperages. Richly textured, creamy mouthfeel, elegant finish. Could even be cellared till 2021, if only we were that pa- tient. Save this for that special dinner with your best friends! (24.99) (94) Saintsbury "Green Acres" Chardon- nay 2013 (California). This wine has a little something for everyone. Richness, texture and the depth that you expect of good Amer- ican chardonnay — plus a kick. Green apple and minerals jump out at you, making you hightail it to your favorite BYOB oyster bar, and crush a few plates of those delicious little bi-valves. ($46) (93) Truchard Chardonnay 2015 (California). This is a very-well-balanced gem of a wine. Light crisp oak nose of apple and fresh citrus. Palate is all melon and zingy fruit with good acidity to bind together the ripe fruit and creamy texture. Excellent! ($26.99) (93) Broken Earth Chardonnay 2015 (Califor- nia). Showing concentrated flavors of melon, pineapple and guava. The oak treatment gives this chardonnay a smooth consistency and adds flavors of clove and vanilla that balance the tropical fruit flavors. ($18.99) (93) Cuvaison "Adda" Chardonnay 2016 (California). This is one blockbuster chard from one of the pioneering families in Napa. Named for the matriarch of the family, this is one of their single-vineyard-block series. Com- prised of the best barrel lots of 15-year-aver- age Old Wente vines. Oak-aged for 18 months, and 100% malolactic fermentation. Rich, pow- erful, balanced. Beautiful stone fruit aromas lead to a rich, supple core, and a long lingering finish. Definitely a special-occasion wine, but buy two so you don't disappoint your friends by running out. ($58.99) (93) Four Bears Chardonnay 2016 (California). Aromas of tropical fruit and green apple unwind into fresh pear and peach on the palate. One of the perennial best values in wine! ($13.99) (93) 69 Miles Chardonnay 2016 (Califor- nia). Initially this wine seems to be a pow- er ful, tropical fruit-heavy chardonnay with mango and guava notes all over the nose and palate. It develops nicely on the mid-palate to become an elegant wine full of minerals and balance. ($22.99) (92) Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Villages 2016 (France). Affordable, well- made French Burgundy. 100% chardonnay with lots of melon and mineral. Classy wine for little money. ($22) (92) Butternut Chardonnay 2015 (Califor- nia). Notes of ripe peach and butterscotch jump out of the glass. Butternut chardonnay is creamy and rich with great depth. A true crowd-pleaser. ($16.99) (92) Foxglove Chardonnay 2014 (California). This fresh, lively stainless-steel-fermented chardonnay from Bob Varner is pure, struc- tured and balanced. The palate is layered with tropical fruit that compliments the acidity im- peccably. ($15.99) (92) Lioco Chardonnay 2015 (California). The 2015 Lioco 'SoCo' is a restaurateur's by-the-glass dream-come-true. Pair this crisp chardonnay with an order of mussels, and the lemon zest and tropical fruits jump from the glass. 6,400 cases produced. ($22.99) (92) Passopisciaro "Guardiola" Passobianco 2011 (Italy). This vintage finished very strong and lent great richness to the wine. Though fresh with notes of stone fruit, it has steaks of minerality running through it to balance. These wines were modeled after the great whites of Burgundy and are aging gracefully in our cellar. Drink now — it won't last much longer. ($40) (92) Rickshaw Chardonnay 2015 (California). This is classic California Chardonnay at a steal of a price. The buttery palate is balanced nicely by the toasted oak, with a hint of pear on the finish. A fantastic effort from the team at Ban- shee. ($15.99) (92) The Chard Project 2016 (California). This 50/50 blend of stainless steel and bar- rel-fermented chardonnay spends five months in 10%-new French oak. The result is a rich, oaky chardonnay that makes an ideal dinner companion. Purchase by the case! ($15.99) (92) Domaine Bichot Pouilly Fuisse 2015 (France). A bit of French oak balances saline minerality with lemon, white fruit and chamo- mile. Try it with baked white fish in lemon and herbs d'provence. ($24.95) (92) J.Lohr October Nite Chardonnay 2016 (California). My humble take is to view this as the little brother to the Arroyo Vista from Lohr. A very Burgundian approach to production and aging, including nighttime hand-harvesting, 3 clone selection, and 10 months aging in French oak barrels. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, with toasted oak notes and floral elements of orange and gardenia blossoms. ($24.99) (92) King's Pass Chardonnay 2015 (Califor- nia). An elegant chardonnay with lots of apple and lemon notes that supported a mineral-laden finish. The lemon-and-lime mid-palate provides lift, and the slight roundness of oak adds to the elegance. ($17.99) (92) Sonoma Loeb Chardonnay 2016 (Cali- fornia). This chardonnay offers an impressive nose and matching palate of white flowers, Bar tlett Pear, and oak notes that provide structure. Medium-bodied, zippy fresh on the palate. This is a stimulating and balanced chardonnay. ($26.99) (92) TULI Chardonnay 2016 (California). A bold, brash chardonnay loaded with tropical fruit and oak notes. The intensity of the wine is shock- ing and impressive, yet still has a creamy texture to it that harnesses the rich fruit notes. ($27.99)

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