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Stateways March April 2018

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StateWays | www.stateways.com | March/April 2018 47 (92) Barra Chardonnay 2016 (California). Organic and vegan, this wine hits all the right marks of a California Chardonnay. A touch of creaminess on the palate, a hint of cooked ap- ples — but the best part? Just enough acid to make it well balanced. A great, palatable char- donnay. If more California producers could do this, chardonnay could buck the over-oaked stigma! ($17.99) (92) Silvio Jermann, "Where Dreams" Vene- zia Giulia Bianco, IGT 2014 (Italy). Nor th- eastern Italy is known for producing some of the greatest Italian wines. This wine is a char- donnay blend, and is also his fl agship wine. A cleaner style with a bit less oak infl uence, showcasing its bright, sharp acidity, which is great for pairing with food. ($35) Four Stars (91) Closerie Alisierie Bourgogne Blanc 2015 (France). A classic-look white Bur- gundy, for a great price! A great balance be- tween fruit and acid, but not too much to scare off the 'New World Chardonnay' drinkers. This is about as good as it gets in Burgundy for under $20. ($16.99) (91) Daou Chardonnay 2015 (California). The aromas from the nose jump from the glass with tropical fruits and toasted nuts, with a hint of cream. This Paso Robles chardonnay has a rich, smooth mouthfeel with crisp and vibrant acidity and, on the palate, fl avors of white peach, melon, and lemon zing. The lin- gering fi nish is clean, leaving fl avors of citrus and vanilla. ($19.99) (91) Kumeu, Estate Chardonnay 2014 (New Zealand). Aromas of toast, nutmeg, marzipan. Full-bodied and layered with pear, white peach and almond, fi nishing with a lingering almond bread note. ($29.99) (91) Cambria Santa Maria Valley 2015 (California). Estate fruit grown in limestone and fossilized seashells adds structure to complex spice, citrus, pineapple, honeydew and white peach. Sustainably grown. A great value: your friends will think you paid a lot more! ($14.95) (91) Four Vines Naked Chardonnay 2015 (Cal- ifornia). Completely unoaked — full of tropical fl avors and easy acidity on the fi nish. Nice food wine, especially with fi sh and appetizers. ($10) (91) Rombauer Chardonnay 2013 (Califor- nia). This is the wine your dinner party has been missing. Ripe, buttery and layered. Ripe peach with a medium fi nish. ($35.99) (91) Butter Knife Chardonnay 2016 (Cali- fornia). True to the name this wine is packed with creamy rich butter notes and is not shy about it. These are some nice baked apple and cinnamon notes but the focus is certainly its namesake. ($15.99) (91) Melt Chardonnay 2015 (California). There are bright and very nice baked pear and apple pie notes to the wine, but the initial attack on your palate is without a doubt a rich, creamy buttery note. ($13.99) (91) Oak Ridge Chardonnay 2016 (California). A very fresh and vibrant chardonnay, showing aromas of white fl owers and ripe green apple. The barrel fermentation provides a creamy texture and vanilla notes that round out the mid-palate and fi nish. ($16.99) (91) Crimson Ranch Chardonnay 2016 (Cal- ifornia). The use of oak on this wine creates a nice balance to the clean fruit notes on the palate and nose. It provides structure, depth and a creamy texture to this powerful, elegant chardonnay. ($16.99) (91) River Road Chardonnay Reserve 2016 (California). Bright and intense, this wine has notes of Bosc pears, vanilla and a creamy tex- ture. Lovely fruit notes shine, but not lacking in oak tannin and fl avor from those toasted barrels. ($17.99) (91) Eden Ridge Chardonnay 2015 (Califor- nia). An abundance of juicy pear notes are up front and center, lending to the pleasing smooth texture. There are toasty oak notes present on the nose, mid-palate and fi nish. ($11.99) (91) Muirwood Reserve Zanetta Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 (California). With initial fl avors of peach and pear, this wine turns into a spice-laden creamy chardonnay on the mid-palate and fi nish. There is an acidic and oak structure that helps provide the wine with a long, savory fi nish. ($19.99) (90) D'Autrefois Chardonnay 2017 (France). A touch of oak balances the lemon, lime and green apple notes that drive this wine. This re- sults in an approachable, rounder chardonnay that has a zesty kick on the fi nish. ($12.99) (90) First and Local Chardonnay 2016 (Cal- ifornia). Ripe apple and pear notes dominate this approachable wine. There are round, smooth and vanilla elements that add texture to the already-bright nature. ($11.99) (90) Cruz Alta Chardonnay Reserve 2016 (California). A fresh chardonnay with aromas of white fl owers and melon that continues on the palate with the addition of some apple notes. The wine is lively, and only a light amount of oak can be tasted, and it's there for structure. ($13.99) (90) Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay 2015 (Washington). A savory chardonnay with the elegance of Burgundy and the excitement of Washington State. The gentle taste of pineapple surrounded by the savory caramel complete this gem. ($18.99) RETAILER WINE SELECTIONS — CHARDONNAY (91) Migration Chardonnay 2016 (California). Winemaker Dana Epperson has the ability to source from some of the best vineyard sites in the cool climate of the Russian River valley. Aging regimen utilizes 90% French oak over a 10-month period in addition to 75% malolactic fermentation to evoke rich buttery and vanilla fl avors, along with tangy citrus fl avors and aromas of white spring fl owers and fresh baked bread. Rich and elegant. ($46.99)

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