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  • pinitbutton Signorello Estate 2011 Hopes Cuvée Chardonnay   Wine of the Week Review
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Signorello Estate 2011 Hope’s Cuvée Chardonnay


Price: $70

Rating: 15.5/20

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Trump Winery 2012 Chardonnay

Price: $16

Rating: 14/20

Region: Monticello, Virginia

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Production: 2,505 cases

Alcohol: 12 percent


Tasting Notes: Billionaire Donald Trump purchased Kluge Vineyard and Estate in 2011, claiming that he was more interested in its property value than in making wine. Now owned and managed by his son Eric, Trump Winery comprises 1,300 acres near Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, of which some 200 acres are under vine. The 2012 Chardonnay is one of a growing number of wines that eschew the often overripe style made popular in Caliornia. Instead, it is lower in alcohol and mostly fermented Continue reading “Trump Winery 2012 Chardonnay – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Villa Maria 2011 Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay   Wine of the Week Review
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Villa Maria 2011 Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay

Price: $44

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Varietals: 100 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 13.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Founded in 1961 by George Fistonich, Villa Maria is one of New Zealand’s largest family-owned wineries and a leader in sustainability. In 2009, Sir George was honored with a knighthood, the first ever granted to a Kiwi winemaker. One of Villa Maria’s top-of-the-line Single Vineyard bottlings, the 2011 Taylors Pass Chardonnay shows complex flavors and a crisp mouthfeel. On the nose, its aromas are of citrus and tropical fruits. Flavors of gooseberry and guava in the mouth are complemented by mineral notes, a vibrant acidity and a clean finish.


Food Pairings: Grilled fish, oysters, garden salad


For more information, visit www.villamaria.co.nz

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  • pinitbutton Wrath 2010 Chardonnay, 3 Clone   Wine of the Week Review
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Wrath 2010 Chardonnay, 3 Clone

Price: $35

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Monterey, California

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Production: 234 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: A creamy, full-bodied wine, the 2010 Chardonnay, 3 Clone is named for the Mt. Eden (50 percent), Wente (40 percent) and Clone 4 (10 percent) Chardonnay clones grown on the estate vineyard from which it is sourced. The resulting cuvée boasts honey and pineapple aromas, lemon and butterscotch flavors and a touch of minerality on the finish. 


Food Pairings: Grilled chicken, fresh fish, risotto, linguini


For more information, visit www.wrathwines.com

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Panna cotta Wente Vineyards Celebrates National Chardonnay Day

Panna Cotta with candied kumquats, raspberry purée and whimsical Saltine streusel


by Anneli Rufus


May 23 is National Chardonnay Day, which the folks at Livermore’s Wente Vineyards celebrated with a televised live toast and gala dinner whose four courses — created by executive chef of catering Jeff Farlow— were paired with four Wente Chardonnays. And where better to mark this occasion with what promises to become an annual affair than this panoramic property a stone’s throw from San Francisco which is credited with introducing Chardonnay to the USA?

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  • pinitbutton Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay   Wine of the Week Review
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Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Price: $28

Rating: 14/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: A complex, food-friendly wine, the Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay features fresh lemongrass, golden apple and baked bread aromas. Crisp and clean in the mouth, it reveals mineral and almond notes with hints of nutmeg on the finish
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Food Pairings: Herb salad, white fish, brie cheese


Other Chardonnays we have tasted

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