Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2017$23.00Add to cart
Introduced with the 2014 vintage, Rombauer Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017 marks an exciting milestone for Rombauer Vineyards — the first new varietal introduced in more than 20 years and only the second white wine in their 38-year history. This wine is brilliant pale yellow with a bright green hue. It exudes aromas of keylime, mango, papaya and white nectarine with a hint of fresh-cut grass. The palate is fresh and enticing, as grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit intertwine with Meyer lemon and lime, making the mouth water. Balanced yet lively acidity lingers on the palate inviting another taste. Boxwood on the finish gives the wine length and vibrant freshness.
Rose Rock Chardonnay 2016, Willamette Valley$34.00Add to cart
The Rose Rock Chardnnay 2016 is made by the famed Domaine Drouhin people! Super fresh aromas of lemon and lime zest, leading to fresh white peaches. This has a very impressive sense of purity and clarity that follows to the fresh, linear palate. Impressively rened chardonnay.” This Roserock Chardonnay is vibrant and round, with broad floral notes and energetic touches of noisette, peach and pear. The palate’s enveloping texture is balanced by clear structure and a sense of minerality. It is an elegant and complex wine, with a long finish, and I expect this vintage to evolve nicely over the next few years.– 94pts James Suckling; 92pts Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice; 91pts Wine Spectator, Top 100 Wines of 2018.
Saintsbury Chardonnay 2016, Carneros$30.00Add to cart
When sourcing Chardonnay fruit, Saintsbury winemakers seek those Carneros vineyards that offer diversity in both aspect and clonal selection. The result is a complex and vibrant Chardonnay most reflective of the Carneros region. Lush nose of white nectarine, peaches, jasmine and meyer lemon. Tangy kumquat, Rampur lime, stone fruit, and chamomile on the palate with vibrant acid and a long layered finish. Nice mineral notes.Suggested Pairings: Simple braised chicken thighs with Meyer lemons and olives, whole grilled fish, and Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam or Cabot Clothbound Cheddar cheeses.
Schug Chardonnay 2017, Sonoma Coast, California, USA$29.00Add to cart
Schug crafted this Chardonnay from select vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast appellation, including the microclimates of western Carneros, southern Sonoma Valley and the Petaluma Gap. Produced in a lively, crisp style that emphasizes varietal character without the use of new oak, it has a spicy citrus bouquet that leads to juicy flavors of white peach and nectarine, followed by a sleek, juicy finish. Try it as an elegant aperitif paired with hors d’oeuvres, or with lighter dishes such as soups, salads, seafood and pasta dishes.
Sea Smoke Chardonnay 2017, Santa Rita Hills$105.00Add to cart
An elegant Chardonnay with aromas of peonies, orange
peel and slight key lime. Complemented by honeycomb and a slight
nuttiness in the focused mid-palate and the refreshing cool climate
acidity of our estate vineyard.
Sea Sun Chardonnay 2017$28.00Add to cart
Sea Sun Chardonnay 2017 is a new California Chardonnay from Caymus whose character speaks to the unique terrain where it is sourced in Santa Barbara, Monterey and Solano Counties. These premier growing regions span several hundred miles and feature subtle differences. The result is a wine featuring the best characteristics of Chardonnay, with fruit flavors, oak and acidity in harmony and balance. It is juicy with scents of lightly grilled mango and interesting layers of smoke, oak, and acid finished bringing it all together with light lemon curd. Sea Sun, a more affordable Mer Soleil, is perfect for your spring and summer lighter dishes – salads, grilled fish and chicken.
Sean Minor Four Bears Chardonnay 2016, Central Coast$17.00Add to cart
Sean Minor says, “We enjoy wine every day with dinner, when friends and family come to visit, during celebrations… actually, I can’t think of times we don’t enjoy wine.” So in 2005, we started our wine business and began producing wines from premier appellations throughout California.The Sean Minor Four Bears Chardonnay 2016, Central Coast Chardonnay is a golden straw color and displays aromas of apricot, apple, and honeydew with subtle notes of butter. On the entry, tropical fruit notes with green apple flavors are framed by nice acidity which integrates well with the medium body mouth feel. The green apple and pear finish with juicy acidity which provides a lengthy finish.
Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc 2018$17.00Add to cart
Steele Wines sources the Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc 2018 fruit from Dorn vineyards in Kelseyville. The Dorn family has been farming since 1965 and Steele has produced their Sauvignon Blanc from their vineyards for 25 years.
Winemaking for this varietal is straightforward. The grapes are picked early morning (before dawn), delivered in the coolest part of the morning, crushed and pressed off the skins. The juice is then settled for 24 hours and racked off the lees. The fermentation begins at a cool 50 degrees and finishes up about 3 weeks later. The stainless-steel fermentation and aging preserves the freshness of this wine.
The Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc 2018 shows off the great growing region of Lake County, aromas are of guava and citrus zest, with flavors of passionfruit, pineapple, and pink grapefruit. Pair this wine with marinated shrimp, grilled sea bass with asparagus and hollandaise, or a simple crostini of chevre and lemon zest.
Steele Cuvee Chardonnay 2017$25.00Add to cart
Steele’s flagship white wine, California Cuvee Chardonnay, really shows off Jed Steele’s wizardry in blending. As with all great wines, the process begins with the selection of the right vineyards. They have worked with most of the great Chardonnay vineyards in California and have chosen six prestigious properties to obtain the grapes for this wine.
With the exception of the Lolonis vineyard fruit (which was stainless steel fermented and then barrel aged for 4 months). The Steele Chardonnay Cuvee 2016 is fermented in barrel (20% new) and aged sur-lees for about eight months. Stirring the barrels regularly aids in the completion of malolactic fermentation, yielding complexity, depth of flavor and aroma. The Santa Maria vineyards add a tropical fruit character to the wine, flavors and aroma of mango, pineapple, and papaya. The Sonoma vineyards attribute citrus character and acid to the cuvée. The Mendocino vineyard, Lolonis, has a flavor profile that leans toward apples aromas of apple crisp and cinnamon. Halibut with a white wine burre blanc sauce would complement the complex flavors of the Cuvée Chardonnay nicely.
Steven Kent Merrillie Chardonnay 2015, Mission Ranch, Arroyo Seco$34.00Add to cart
The Mirassou family – the oldest winemaking family in the United States – have been pioneers in a number of important ways. One of the most relevant in terms of this new Chardonnay release is that they were the first family to plant vineyards in modern-day Monterey County in 1961. Aged on the lees for about 10 months and barrel-fermented in about 50% new French oak, three sub-lots of Chardonnay were blended and bottled without filtration or fining. Each sub-lot (of roughly equal size) was fermented with a different yeast regimen. For one portion we did “native” fermentation (letting the ambient yeast environment ferment the must) while the other lots were fermented with one of our favored cultured
yeasts: CY-3079 and QA23. Each lot was wonderfully individualistic, differing in flavor, aroma, and texture. Together, they created a wine of finesse and elegance; mouth-filling richness underscored by precise, length-producing acidity.
Stolpman Roussanne 2017, Ballard Canyon$34.00Add to cart
The French named the grape “Roussanne” after the elusive rust color that develops late in the year, usually not until November. Cold nights and limestone ensure the Stolpman Roussanne 2017 retains balance even as the Thanksgiving holiday approached. The intense Santa Barbara sun and the absence of harvest-time rain combine to ensure the grapes taste fresh and vibrant. This is a voluptuously rich, full-bodied white wine. The 2017 Roussanne remains bright and lively thanks to relatively high acid from the addition of a small amount of Chardonnay. This wine is exceedingly approachable now, or cellar it two to five years for an even more luxuriously rich profile. A creamy mouthfeel with a bouquet of white flower, lemon meringue, and sweet cedar. Pair it with Sushi, Ramen, or Pho! Or throw some shrimp on the barbecue!
Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2016$58.00Add to cart
The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2016 Esprit de Tablas Blanc is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. Rousanne provides the core richness, minerality, and flavors of honey and spice, while Grenache Blanc adds green apple and anise flavors, a lush mouthfeel and bright acids. Picpoul Blanc completes the blend, adding a saline minerality and tropical notes. The 2016 vintage was the third consecutive drought year and saw the earliest-ever beginning to the growing season. The result was a vintage with excellent concentration balanced by good freshness, which should be vibrant and powerful young, but with the balance to age. The 2016 Esprit de Tablas Blanc has an appealing nose of fresh pears, wildflower honey and candied pecan, lifted by a spicy notes of anise and orange blossom. The mouth shows flavors of salted honeydew, honeycrisp apple, and more pear, with floral notes of jasmine and citrus blossom reemerging on the long, clean, spicy finish. Already delicious, it should also go out 15 years or more and gain additional nuttiness and complexity with time.