Small Chardonnay producer beats big boys in blind tasting

In one of our last blind tastings of the year, we lined up some amazing Chardonnays.

  • Talley “Rosemary” (96 Parker)
  • Flowers “Moon” (94 WS)
  • Peter Michael “Point Rouge” (94 Parker)
  • Tor (94 WS)
  • Kistler “Vine Hill” (93 Parker)
  • Auteur “Durrell” (93 AG)
  • Littorai “Mays Canyon” (95 WS)
  • Mount Eden (94 WS)
  • Kosta Browne (93 WS)
  • Paul Hobbs “Agustina” (93 AG)
  • Caraccioli “Sleepy Hollow”

The winner: Caraccioli

Our group of 15 gave Caraccioli 7 First and 5 Second place votes, placing it ahead of Talley (5 First, 4 Second) and Peter Michael (3 First and 5 Second place votes).

Caraccioli 2009 Chardonnay “Sleepy Hollow” Santa Lucia Highlands
Retail 35.00 – GGWC 31.99
Use discount shipping code CARAC during check out

This wine offers bold aromas and flavors. On the nose you are greeted by honeydew, citrus and Anjou pear aromas.  On the palate, this full-bodied, clean Chardonnay entices you with lush flavors of apples and pears and a touch of mineral notes.  The wine is full in body and well-balanced with the right touch of acidity intertwined with stunning fruit.  The finish is long and clean.  Small production.

This winery also produces a very nice Champagne (I know, Sparkling wine).

Caraccioli Brut Cuvee
Retail 58.00 – GGWC 49.99
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An awesome sparkling wine, the Caraccioli Brut Cuvee is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir and offers a smooth yeasty nose and fruity aroma and bouquet of pears and apricots.  The wine is rich and fleshy with toasty notes and a touch of minerality.  Well-balanced sparkling that is complex, yet elegant and sophisticated!

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