Cheers April/May 2018

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Page 53 of 59 54 • April/May 2018 (95) Talley Rincon Vineyards 2015 (California). A perfect combo of minerality and butter. Rich, silky and elegant with a super-long fi nish. Aromas are like a fi eld of wildfl owers. A true treat. ($45) (95) Keenan Chardonnay 2015 (California). This chardonnay has every- thing. Citrus and crisp, fresh pineapple on the palate dance harmoniously with the grapefruit on the nose. Keenan has found a wonderful balance of oak and sur-lie aging, giving the wine a magnifi cent texture and mouthfeel. ($29.99) (95) Poderi Aldo Conterno "Bussiador" Langhe Docg 2014 (Italy). Many people know of the great chardonnays of California and Burgundy, but there are so many other great chardonnays in this world! Piedmont in northwestern Italy may be typically known for nebbiole, but some producers have found much success with chardonnay. Poderi Aldo Conterno produces a full-bodied chardonnay with notes of pineapple and nuts and a long, clean fi nish, with the backbone of acid needed to stand the test of time. ($70) (95) FEL Chardonnay 2015 (California). This 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 Anderson Valley chardonnay. ($31.99) (94) Daou Paso Robles Chardonnay 2015 (California). A beautifully balanced chardonnay 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 Kristen Barnhisel gets to shine with a "best of the best" approach. Best site and clones, handpicked at night, whole-cluster pressed, oak-aged for 14 months in barrels sourced from fi ve different cooperages. Richly textured, creamy mouthfeel, elegant fi nish. Could even be cellared till 2021, if only we were that patient. Save this for that special dinner with your best friends! (24.99) (94) Saintsbury "Green Acres" Chardonnay 2013 (California). This wine has a little something for everyone. Richness, texture and the depth that you expect of good American 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 bivalves. ($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 (California). Showing concentrated fl avors of melon, pineapple and guava. The oak treatment gives this chardonnay a smooth consistency and adds fl avors of clove and vanilla that balance the tropical fruit fl avors. ($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. Comprised of the best barrel lots of 15-year-average old Wente vines. Oak- aged for 18 months, and 100% malolactic fermentation. Rich, powerful and balanced. Beautiful stone-fruit aromas lead to a rich, supple core, and a long lingering fi nish. Defi nitely 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 (California). Initially this wine seems to be a powerful, 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 (California). Notes of ripe peach and but- terscotch 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 stain- less-steel-fermented chardonnay from Bob Varner is pure, structured and balanced. The palate is layered with tropical fruit that com- plements the acidity impeccably. ($15.99) (92) Lioco Chardonnay 2015 (California). The 2015 Lioco "SoCo" is a restaurateur's by-the-glass dream come true. The winery produced 6,400 cases of this crisp chardonnay. Pair with an order of mussels, and the lemon zest and tropical fruits jump from the glass. ($22.99) (92) Passopisciaro "Guardiola" Passobianco 2011 (Italy). This vintage fi nished strong and lent great richness to the wine. Though fresh with notes of stone fruit, it has streaks 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 fi nish. A fantastic effort from the team at Banshee wines. ($15.99) (92) The Chard Project 2016 (California). This 50/50 blend of stainless-steel and bar- rel-fermented chardonnay spends fi ve 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

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