Posts tagged: Chardonnay

John Kongsgaard’s most remarkable Chardonnay ever!

If the Hudson Ranch would be in France it would be the equivalent of a Premiere Cru vineyard.  Lee Hudson has been farming this famed property for years and his client group is very impressive (30 high-end wineries buy his fruit).  Lee is very meticulous and when you have John Kongsgaard as your winemaker you […]

Monday September 29th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

French Laundry’s Favorite Chardonnay by Kistler Winemaker

Jason Kesner, winemaker extraordinaire at Kistler created yet another amazing wine. Jason was the longtime vineyard manager at Hudson, when in 2002 he produced 25 cases of his first wine for some of the top restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko and ME! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, and the rest […]

Wednesday September 17th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

Stunning 180 case Bargain Napa Chardonnay

Scott Peterson has been producing stunning Bordeaux blends for years now under the SP Drummer label as well making the Cabernet and Merlot for Textbook and Pinot Noir and Riesling for Pey Marin Wineries.  Now he has ventured into Napa Valley Chardonnay as well.   The 2012 vintage marks his “debut” with this varietal and it […]

# 1 Quality/Value Rated Chardonnay

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir […]

Friday August 1st, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

Chardonnay Taste-Off Winner

We lined up an army of who-is-who with our latest Chardonnay tasting. DuMOL (94 GWC) Morlet (95 WA) Talley Rosemary (94 WA) Owen Roe (94 WS) Rochioli “Sweetwater” (93WS) Tor (94 WS) 32 Winds by Ehren Jordan (92 WS) Coldstream (92+WA) Lewis (93 WS) Buoncristiani (93 WS) Chanin – The winner! Gavin Chanin, who was […]

DuMOL’s 2012 SPECTACULAR NEW RELEASES

2012 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were up slightly, so that always helps when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand.I would say that this might be the best ever release from this winery, and I hear from Kerry and Andy that the various wine publications that tasted the wine gave it […]

Chardonnay of the month! (6 barrels produced only 10 cases allocated)

In the early 1930’s Garret Bowlus’ grandfather William Hawley Bowlus began launching his one of a kind “Albatross” sailplanes off the ridges of Carmel Valley. Today his family carries on his avant-garde legacy farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on a steep Carmel Valley ridge rising over 1250 feet. The vines are rooted in a rocky […]

A Chardonnay that Rocks

Situated in a small valley in the southern foothills of the Stag’s Leap Range, the estate began producing wine in the 1870’s. The Vandendriessche family has continued in the tradition of natural sustainable farming since 1977. Volcanic ash soils, hillside vines, cooler climate, and hand crafting on the land as well as in the caves […]

Chardonnay of Month! FREE SHIPPING

The history of Scribe starts in 1858, just ten years after California joined the Union, when Emil Dressel, son of a famous Champagne producer came to California in search of his fortune.  Fast forward through phyloxera, WW I & II, the150 year old property was in disrepair.  The “Scribe” folks are returning it to a […]

Pfendler Chardonnay blind tasting winner of the month.

The late Peter Pfendler planted his first vineyard on their 300 acre Sonoma Mountain ranch in 1992.  Peter passed away in 2007 and since then 2 more vineyards have been planted.  Greg Bjornstad (formerly with Flowers) is the hands-on winemaker.  Very small production from this estate (600 cases total), so not something that you’ll find […]