Hartford Court Chardonnay 2017, Russian River Valley, CA
The Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017 displays intense notes of grapefruit, green guava, mango and pineapple with nuances of talc, oyster shells and fresh ginger. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and super intense with tightly wound layers of citrus and tropical fruits and bags of mineral notions on the epically long finish.
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Mer Soleil Silver 2016$25.00Add to cart
We believe that the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation in Monterey County is one of the best appellations in the world for producing Chardonnay. This region benefits from cool morning fog and afternoon breezes that result in a long growing season, producing intense fruit flavors balanced with vibrant acidity. Mer Soleil Silver 2016 is a pure, clean expression of estate-grown Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. A pale yellow hue, the wine is well balanced with great structure. Bright minerality, pink grapefruit and key lime characters shine through on the nose, followed by lemon zest and stone-fruit. The mid-palate displays intriguing notes of lemon meringue, quince and citrus, complemented by a crisp acidity that carries through from start to finish. The ceramic bottle reflects the small cement fermentation vessels that they use to give the wine its fully rounded mouthfeel. The higher acidity in this wine makes it a perfect accompaniment to a wide array of food, particularly salads, grilled seafood, tomato-based dishes and fresh oysters.
Michaud Estate Chardonnay 2016, Monterey$44.00Add to cart
Michaud Chardonnay 2016 comes from their own rooted vines planted in 1986 & 1988, from cuttings of the venerable Wente field selection first planted in the appellation in 1946. The grapes were harvested in excellent condition, producing very tasty juice. Peach, nectarine, apricot and apple aromas and flavors are complimented by the minerality that expresses its place of origin, the hallmark of the Chalone Appellation terroir. Subtle French oak contributes to a multilayered — mouth filling wine. Chardonnay from this appellation will gracefully age for 7-10 years or more. Food pairings — Some of the foods we like to serve this wine with are: fresh lobster, clams calamari, roast pheasant, pork roast and fresh gnocchi in a savory cream sauce.
Monthelie Blanc Cuvee Miss Armande 2015$38.00Add to cart
Wedged between Volnay and Meursault, Monthelie produces vastly more red than white, making the 201 Chardonnay that much more unique and impressive: It is close to Meursault in both place of origin and style, showing serious power, perfume, and classic structure. Adding to the already considerable charm of this wine is its fantastic backstory. The name “Cuvée Miss Armande” refers (and pays tribute) to Armande Douhairet, who for many years helmed this family domaine. She had no heirs, and took the extraordinary step of legally adopting André Porcheret—a grown man and well-known Burgundy winemaking figure to boot—so that she could leave the domaine to him (she passed away in 2004).
In the glass, the 2014 “Cuvée Miss Armande” is a deep, reflective yellow-gold with slight hints of green at the rim. The nose is an assertive mix of Asian pear, apple blossoms, white flowers and Meyer lemon followed by notes of toasted hazelnut, white mushroom, beeswax, and even a hint of drawn butter (calling classic Meursault to mind). There’s a level of richness and accessibility that is perfectly framed by acidity, suggesting many years of positive evolution ahead. We’re intrigued to see what this wine becomes after 3-5 years more cellaring; my bet it that it will outperform lots of much-more-expensive competition. Enjoy this—it’s a truly fabulous Burgundy bargain!