Posts tagged: Chardonnay

A Classic MUST HAVE Chardonnay!

Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisoni.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my dream has been to […]

Inaugural Release of Maritana a.k.a. Life after Patz & Hall… The Remake… 2.0

After 29 vintages with his previous company Patz & Hall, Donald Patz moved on in May of 2017. It was a perfect moment to quit or take some time off. That’s not really his style. Donald hit the ground running on May 1, 2017 to implement a new wine brand. “I had some things I […]

Screaming Eagle’s under $60 Chardonnay

Stan Kroenke, owner of Screaming Eagle (etal) loves Santa Ynez and The Santa Rita Hills where he created Jonata and The Hilt.  Initially Andy Erickson who was the long time winemaker at Screaming Eagle was in charge, eventually turning over the reigns to Matt Dees.   Today Matt has totally transformed both wineries and it […]

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94 Point ~ Powerful & Impeccable Chardonnay

The wrath of Juno sent Aeneas wandering the Mediterranean in Vergil’s Aeneid. For the ancient Romans, ira or wrath, was a tool of a god, an unstoppable anger driven by forces greater than man. One can argue that we see such fury in both the might of nature and the passion of art. Wrath appears […]

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Thomas Rivers Brown Chardonnay wins blind tasting!

Our tasting group of 14 evaluated, tasted then imbibed some amazing Chardonnays in our most recent meeting.  The lineup included the following: PISONI “Estate” (96 JD) ARNOT ROBERTS “TROUT GULCH”  (95 AG) DIATOM “Hilliard Bruce “ (95 JD) AUBERT CIX (99 RP) Pahlmeyer (96 JD) Cattleya “Pratt” (97 JD) PETER MICHAEL “Belle Cote” (96 RP) LEWIS […]

Ehren Jordan’s F-Block Brilliance!

Ehren Jordan does not need an intro, unless you don’t know that he was the long time winemaker at Turley. The Chardonnay is sourced from Block F – easily one of Hudson’s best and most intriguing spots for the varietal.  Originally planted in 1984, the parcel sits is almost immediately visible from the entryway to […]

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Paul Lato’s 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot New Releases!

Great NEWS, the AMAZING 2017 wines from my friend  and winemaker Paul Lato are reaching the shores of San Francisco.  The 2017 vintage is probably one of the best ones to date. Astonishing quality, but as always very small quantities.  I am very excited about the ADDITION of TWO new Chardonnays to Paul’s ever expanding […]

LAST CALL KISTLER CHARDONNAY AT ½ the PRICE

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 Golden Gate Wine Cellars! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, […]

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Classic 95 Point Rated Chardonnay

Jeff Nelson (owner) has been in the wine business for the past 20+ years, working for some of the top Champagne and Burgundy houses. With the name Liquid Farmon Jeff’s mind for many years, it was the catalyst in 2009 for starting the project with the helping guidance of Brandon Sparks-Gillis of Dragonette Cellars. Liquid Farm […]

DUMOL 2016 DESIGNATED VINEYARD RELEASES – 96 & 97 Points!

With still lower than normal production levels this vintage will sell out in no time! The 2016 DuMol releases are turning out to be quite spectacular! I would say that several of these may the best ever from this winery. Look for some rave reviews from the wine critics! As you know DuMOL is always in high-demand, […]

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