Cheers April/May 2018

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Page 56 of 59 57 April/May 2018 • 2015 going on here. Not a bad thing, just different. Same great sourcing and aging regimen. Chalk it up to winemakers Kristen Barnhisel's magical touch. Very balanced, with rich mouthfeel and citrus aromas. Still our favorite "house" chardonnay. ($15.99) (88) Bouchard Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015 (France). Great wine for the new ABC (anything but chardonnay) drinker. Beautiful example of a French-style classic chard. Sourced from the birthplace of the greatest white wines that France produces, with small lots combined to produce a subtle, rich wine. Elegant and full bodied with hints of apricots and hazelnuts. Reminds you that chardonnay can have many expressions of style. ($24.99) (88) Peirano Estate Chardonnay 2016 (California). Peaches and honeydew on the nose are complemented by a rich, almost sweet, apple fl avor. ($14.99) (88) Duckhorn Decoy Chardonnay 2016 (California). A huge part of the Duckhorn success is that they grow and add new offerings to their growing portfolio; they con- stantly share information and sites amongst the team of winemakers. Winemaker Tyson Wolf handpicks select lots from the Russian River and Sonoma coast to blend in unique cuvees, and vinifi es using primarily stainless steel. Tropical fruit notes with a hint of spice balance zesty acidity. Remarkable value for the money. ($29.99) (88) Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2015 (California). Aromas of peach and pineapple lead to a palate of toasted pineap- ple, vanilla and a nice oaky fi nish. ($15.99) (87) Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay 2014 (California). Heady aromatics of grilled pine- apple, coconut, freshly cut corn, butter and toasted-wood aromas and fl avors. ($27.99) (87) Leese-Fitch Chardonnay 2016 (California). Medium-bodied, crisp and fresh. The palate tastes of oak and toasted apples. ($11.99) (86) Cycles Gladiator Chardonnay 2015 (California). Surprisingly soft and delicate, with a hint of spice. This vintage yielded grapes with relatively low sugars, but high acids. Great balance with minimal malo- lactic fermentation, and minimal oak (15%). Aromas of peach and apricot. Perfect "P" wine (porch, pool or patio) for the warmer spring weather and lighter fare. ($18.99) Photo Credit: © Scukrov

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