White Oak Chardonnay 2016, Russian River
Golden delicious apple, Anjou pear and subtle toasty oak notes form the basis of this impeccably balanced Chardonnay. The tropical fruit flavors and the weight of this wine along with a silky texture combine to create an exceptionally long finish. 100% Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley.
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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!
Sean Minor Four Bears Chardonnay 2016, Central Coast$17.00
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.