Neyers Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, Carneros, Sonoma County, California, USA
The 2016 vintage was great for Chardonnay, giving us
long, sunny days with mild temperatures that retained
the fruit’s natural acidity. Our fermentation was carried
out in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels
using native wild yeast, and periodically lees stirring. The
finished wine is rich and creamy with a charming
butterscotch component, and a trace of grilled bread in
Hartford Court Chardonnay 2016, Russian River Valley, CA$34.00
The Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016 is sourced from sustainably farmed, mostly old-vine, estate and “grower owned” Russian River Valley vineyards. Although this Chardonnay is elegant, it also has a medium to full bodied mid-palate and is partially defined by the crisp acidity and subtle quinine and crystallized ginger notes in the finish. Gravenstein apple, exotic citrus and floral notes highlight both the aromatic flavor profiles and complement the bright textural elements that make this a delicious Chardonnay!
Monthelie Blanc Cuvee Miss Armande 2015$38.00
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!
Mutt Lynch “Man’s Best Friend” MBF Chardonnay 2014$21.00
2014 “mbf” Chardonnay — sophisticated and delicious, elegant and balanced. A little more fruit-forward than previous vintages and with delicious flavors of lemon and green apple, Brenda has once again let the fruit shine through. In this third vintage of mbf Chardonnay, Brenda used 50% stainless steel and 50% new French oak barrel fermentation. Great with seafood!