Cheers April/May 2018

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Page 55 of 59 56 • April/May 2018 wine has notes of Bosc pears, vanilla and a creamy texture. Lovely fruit notes shine, but not lacking in oak tannin and fl avor from those toasted barrels. ($17.99) (91) Eden Ridge Chardonnay 2015 (California). 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 results in an approachable, rounder chardon- nay that has a zesty kick on the fi nish. ($12.99) (90) First and Local Chardonnay 2016 (California). 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 of a wine. ($18.99) (90) Firebrand Chardonnay 2016 (California). A big wine that delivers plenty of vanilla and tropical fruit notes on the nose and palate. There is a nice citrus element that uplifts the smooth vanilla notes. ($11.99) (90) Iter Chardonnay 2016 (California). Pineapple, guava and mango are front and center in this tropical chardonnay. This approachable, medium bodied wine has rich fl avors, a creamy texture and a lengthy fi nish. ($14.99) (90) No Curfew Chardonnay 2015 (California). A smooth, luscious chardonnay with fruit-forward notes and palate of melon and ripe pears. The wine is balanced and has a round texture, making it approach- able—yet it also has depth. ($12.99) (90) Essentially Geared Chardonnay NV (California). Notes of green apple and ripe peach on the palate with great acidity to balance out the wine. An absolutely fantastic value. 375-ml. can. ($5.99) (90) Tramin Alto Adige 2016 (Italy). Hand- harvested in Termeno on the southern end of the Alps, the grapes undergo stainless vinifi cation with natural yeasts. Tropical fruit mixed with citrus, mineral and melon makes for a smashing shellfi sh companion. ($15.95) (90) Scribe "Skin Fermented" Chardonnay 2010 (Caliornia). Scribe Winery is about making wines that speak to where they are grown. This chardonnay is one of their more experimental wines, and for the geek in all of us. Made in an orange wine style, this is more of an intellectual exercise. It's nutty and intentionally oxidative, while retaining freshness. It is certainly not overdone in the world of orange wines. Grab some charcuterie and decide for yourself if an orange wine is up your alley. ($38) (90) Milou Chardonnay 2016 (France). Notes of pineapple and citrus lead to a rich, mineral fi nish. ($11.99) (90) Sean Minor Chardonnay 2014 (California). This chardonnay has a fi ne balance of oak and fruit. Tropical fruits and crushed pineapples on the nose lead into a palate of Bartlett pear and minerality. ($19.99) (90) Bogle Chardonnay 2016 (California). Dependable, affordable chardonnay. Easy oak, hints of lemon and toast makes for a tasty sipper. ($10) (90) Maison Noir (formerly Mouton Noir) 'Knock on Wood' Chardonnay 2015 (Oregon). This 100% chardon- nay from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA is reminiscent of a nice Macon-Village white burgundy. The all-stainless-steel fermentation creates a lean and racy blast of minerality on the palate. The aromas of ripe orchard fruit round out this fantastic value of a chardonnay. ($18.99) (89) Le Trois Pecheurs Saint Veran (France). Pale in color, honeydew, lime, chalk, fl int, rising dough. Polished, sleek, expansive with a stony minerality that really drives this wine. ($17.99) (89) Mandolin Chardonnay 2016 (California). Flavors of ripe stone fruit, pears and pineapple make this wine a great mid- week sipper. 750 cases produced. ($11.99) (89) Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay 2016 (California). An amazing balance of fruit and butter make this chardonnay one of the best values in California. From the fi rst wave of fl avor to the savory fi nish, this wine will defi nitely be a must-have. ($12.99) (89) Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 (California). Classic cool-climate chardonnay, sourced from estate fruit from the Russian River. Rich, complex and fruit forward. Very balanced approach to malolactic fermentation and aging in oak and stainless steel. Light minerality is enhanced with 1% viognier to add rich aromatics. Great value! ($18.99) (88) Disruption Chardonnay (Washington). Cool-climate chard done in the Washington State style. The Ancient Lakes AVA is perfect for chardonnay production. Sourced from two vineyard sites. Stainless-steel fermented with no malolactic fermentation. Some minimal lees contact offers richness that balances the rich minerality and fresh fruit fl avors. ($20.99) (88) J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2016 (California). Vintage after vintage, this great little chardonnay offers incredible value for the white-wine drinker. Something a little different and very subtle from the

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