EP 112 California Chardonnay’s

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Today Gary tackles oaky, over the top Chardonnay’s. Watch today and see how Gary reviews these three Chards. Gary then answers more viewer questions and has a new QOD. Have a good weekend and we’ll see you next week.

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Alexandre Savoie aka Sniffysix

No clue, not ma favorite flavour profile so….

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  • Louisiana George

    1991 Byron Chardonnay, Santa Barbara – Probably still the most interesting wine I have every had, even though I prefer reds. Most complex tastes, starting with oak, pear mid, and finished with sweet apple flavors. Knocked my socks off.

    Louisiana George

  • Louisiana George

    1991 Byron Chardonnay, Santa Barbara – Probably still the most interesting wine I have every had, even though I prefer reds. Most complex tastes, starting with oak, pear mid, and finished with sweet apple flavors. Knocked my socks off.

    Louisiana George

  • JayZee

    QOD: The only California Chardonnay that I have had in recent years that I really liked was the Au Bon Climat (I can’t recall the vintage).

    – JayZee

  • JayZee

    QOD: The only California Chardonnay that I have had in recent years that I really liked was the Au Bon Climat (I can’t recall the vintage).

    – JayZee

  • Laura

    ZD Cellars in Napa Vally has some killer Chardonnays, and also a to die for Cab. I also recommend Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay, an Oregon vineyard. Excellent. They have a terrific Pinot Noir, also.

    While at a friend’s home in Cotati, CA we took a drive up the coastline, and visited ZD, which is where we first tasted their products. A hard-core red gal, Sylvia was so impressed with the Chard that she bought 3 bottles (this was, I believe, a 2000 Reserve) and we then drove to Bodega Bay and met the boat coming in to buy fresh scallops to go with the Chard. Spectacular.

  • Laura

    ZD Cellars in Napa Vally has some killer Chardonnays, and also a to die for Cab. I also recommend Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay, an Oregon vineyard. Excellent. They have a terrific Pinot Noir, also.

    While at a friend’s home in Cotati, CA we took a drive up the coastline, and visited ZD, which is where we first tasted their products. A hard-core red gal, Sylvia was so impressed with the Chard that she bought 3 bottles (this was, I believe, a 2000 Reserve) and we then drove to Bodega Bay and met the boat coming in to buy fresh scallops to go with the Chard. Spectacular.

  • thomas korent

    1995 De Loach Russian River Valley “Our finest selection”. Lasted for 10 years – unfortunately, the case is empty now…

  • thomas korent

    1995 De Loach Russian River Valley “Our finest selection”. Lasted for 10 years – unfortunately, the case is empty now…

  • Fiorentina!

    Hey Gary!
    Ok…my fav. CA Chard…..Everyday Chard…Bennett Family, La Crema, Heitz, Charles Creek, Leal, Hess Su’Skol are good. Weekend Chard, Maximus White Blend (2 Chards)& Mi Sueno are good. I think Cakebread, Ferrari Carano Reserve, & Laird are overrated. My absolute FAv. Chard is the Wild Heart Chard. from Santa Barbara. They’re a new/small vineyard, so they’re not over priced and just give you that BAM! effect…you know…put a little shoulder in it effect… just big, smooth, and refreshing.

  • Fiorentina!

    Hey Gary!
    Ok…my fav. CA Chard…..Everyday Chard…Bennett Family, La Crema, Heitz, Charles Creek, Leal, Hess Su’Skol are good. Weekend Chard, Maximus White Blend (2 Chards)& Mi Sueno are good. I think Cakebread, Ferrari Carano Reserve, & Laird are overrated. My absolute FAv. Chard is the Wild Heart Chard. from Santa Barbara. They’re a new/small vineyard, so they’re not over priced and just give you that BAM! effect…you know…put a little shoulder in it effect… just big, smooth, and refreshing.

  • John__J

    Qotd: hollywood & vine I guess. Don’t really dislike like those oaky chard’s but not something i’m going outta my way to buy. Rather get something like a gros manseng or some other eclectic thing, than go for one of those bandwagon wines.
    Also makes me curious after seeing this episode, when your infamous ‘oak monster’ lament will 1st crop up. Something I’m usually weary of myself.
    1 last thing Gary, assuming you are still looking at the comments like you did when you were taping these episodes, I would like to request that you tackle a vin jaune episode. One on tasting different charbono’s would be alot of fun too.

  • John J.

    Qotd: hollywood & vine I guess. Don’t really dislike like those oaky chard’s but not something i’m going outta my way to buy. Rather get something like a gros manseng or some other eclectic thing, than go for one of those bandwagon wines.
    Also makes me curious after seeing this episode, when your infamous ‘oak monster’ lament will 1st crop up. Something I’m usually weary of myself.
    1 last thing Gary, assuming you are still looking at the comments like you did when you were taping these episodes, I would like to request that you tackle a vin jaune episode. One on tasting different charbono’s would be alot of fun too.

  • John__J

    I agree with jayzee’s answer too. Au bon climat does some great chard’s. Was lucky enough to have lunch w Jim [the winemaker] about a month ago. Jim has a fantastic spread for lunch, with his whole staff. They just pass different bottles of their wine all down the tables they sit at the whole time. Taking tiny pours of a bunch of their different wines, from all different vintages. I remember they were passing a chard of theirs from 1990 that was still drinking great. Wonderful winery, and Jim treats his staff like family. Btw if you wanna try one of the most old world tasting wines growing in the new world, get a bottle of his mondeuse if you can find it.

  • John J.

    I agree with jayzee’s answer too. Au bon climat does some great chard’s. Was lucky enough to have lunch w Jim [the winemaker] about a month ago. Jim has a fantastic spread for lunch, with his whole staff. They just pass different bottles of their wine all down the tables they sit at the whole time. Taking tiny pours of a bunch of their different wines, from all different vintages. I remember they were passing a chard of theirs from 1990 that was still drinking great. Wonderful winery, and Jim treats his staff like family. Btw if you wanna try one of the most old world tasting wines growing in the new world, get a bottle of his mondeuse if you can find it.

  • Dan G.

    20-17 is pretty conservative. Im thinking blowout for the biplanes.

  • corkscrew

    Is this the 1st episode where Gary says Vay-ner-chuk??? its been Yayner-chuk up until now. Good Chards… QOTD-Kongsgard hands down, amazing juice. http://www.winelx.com

  • http://www.discoveryofwine.com Alexandre Savoie aka Sniffysix

    No clue, not ma favorite flavour profile so….

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