Stateways March-April 2014

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StateWays Q Q March/April 2014 46 +++++ (94) Robert Mondavi Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve 2011 (California). A rich, yel- low gold in the glass, showing its weight and viscosity; the nose is full of ripe tree fruits, with hints of toast and oak; rich and full, with balancing acidity, and a long, lingering fi nish; very classy and fi ne. ($60) +++++ (94) Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Napa Valley Carneros Char- donnay 2009 (California). Serious, classically styled chardonnay; rich apple, pear, and pineapple fruit with barely any RS; lees-focused creaminess, smooth tannins and acidity in perfect balance. ($55) +++++ (94) Girard Russian River Chardonnay 2011 (California). Deli- cious chardonnay from Russian River; fresh fruit on the nose with a beautiful vanilla undertone; light to medium in body; will pair well with all light to grilled foods. ($25) +++++ (94) Domaine Renaud Macon Village Burgundy 2012 (France). Classic Old-world style chardonnay; very clean and crisp with rich minerality; lighter in style and very user- and food-friendly; perfect fi rst white burgundy for the consumer. ($28) +++++ (94) Montes Alpha Casa- blanca V alley Chardonnay 2012 (Chile). A bright gold, with the faintest hints of green, in the glass; tropical fruit notes dominate the nose, with a trace of oak; the mouthfeel is luxurious, with fl avors that echo the nose; the fi nish is long, and lingering. ($23) +++++ (93) Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay 2012 (Washington State). A medium yellow/gold in the glass, with great brightness; the nose is more dominated by tree fruit then any other component, with a nice touch of spice and oak; the palate is bright, clean, and fresh, with good weight; the fi nish maintains this balance for a long time. ($30) +++++ (93) Pride Chardonnay 2011 (California). Lemon, crushed rocks, spices and white fl owers all come to life in the glass; partially done in steel(15%) and the malo was not fully completed; two choices that show Pride moving towards a fresher, more vibrant style of chardonnay; superb. ($43) +++++ (93) Whitehall Lane Carneros Chardonnay 2011 (Califor- nia). Full-bodied and concentrated with a juicy core of apple, pear, zesty lemon Five Stars +++++ (97) Scott Family Estate Arroyo Secco Chardonnay 2012 (California). All estate grown fruit from Arroyo Secco area in the Monterey AVA; intense, rich, concentrated viscous fruit; Dijon clones offer fresh notes of vanilla, pear and orange zest; butter- scotch fl avors at the fi nish after waves of tropical fruit; great long lingering fi nish; over-delivers for the money. ($36) +++++ (97) Frank Family V ine- yards Chardonnay 2012 (California). Classic new-world style; fruit forward, rich creaminess, long fi nish; very bal- anced; Carneros fruit over-delivers; fl oral notes of honeysuckle and fresh bread dough; tropical fruit fl avors dominate. ($48) +++++ (95) Alexander V alley Vineyards Sonoma Chardonnay 2012 (California). Estate grown, night harvested; interesting approach to blending stainless steel with no ma- lolactic fruit with whole cluster fruit, aged in French oak with malolactic fermentation; rich mouth feel, very bal- anced, good acidity; toasted oak, rich butterscotch and tropical fruit fl avors blend harmoniously. ($40) Top Quality/ Value Chardonnays Based upon wine reviews from StateWays' sister publication Beverage Dynamics, here is a list of some of the top Chardonnays cited by retailers. S tateWays' sister publication Beverage Dynamics publishes a list of wine recommendations, called Retailer Wine Selections, in every issue based upon written evaluations by its National Retailer Wine Panel. The parameters of each list range from specifi c varietals to favorite summer or holiday wines. Each review includes brief tasting notes, a rating and the wine's retail price (which varies from store to store and market to market). The following is a sampling of top Chardonnays chosen by the Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel from its latest issue.

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