EP 224 California Chardonnay Tasting

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Gary Vaynerchuk checks out for $20 Plus California Chardonnay’s. Sit back and enjoy WLTV, cause heck that’s why it is here!

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QOTD – My favorite flavor in a wine would have to be raw cacao! I can eat that stuff by the barrel…

Nice call on the Landmark! I have had later vintages and felt the same way.

Tags: california, chardonnay, review, Video, white wines, wine, wines

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  • http://nobeliefs.com/ Jim Walker
  • http://nobeliefs.com Jim Walker
  • GottaGoDrink

    Hi Gary!

    QOTD- This week, for reds- plum/blueberry with a tannin bite, for whites- shiny metal.

  • GottaGoDrink

    Hi Gary!

    QOTD- This week, for reds- plum/blueberry with a tannin bite, for whites- shiny metal.

  • Sarah L

    QOTD: red- rose hips; chardonnay- love a little butter; champagne- toasted almonds.

  • Sarah L

    QOTD: red- rose hips; chardonnay- love a little butter; champagne- toasted almonds.

  • Louisiana George

    QOTD: 2004 Mas Donis – Loved the 2003, which was rated even higher by RP. I think the 2004 is just as good, although rating a little lower. Great wine for the pricepoint ($12).

    Thanks for all you do.

    Louisiana George

  • Louisiana George

    QOTD: 2004 Mas Donis – Loved the 2003, which was rated even higher by RP. I think the 2004 is just as good, although rating a little lower. Great wine for the pricepoint ($12).

    Thanks for all you do.

    Louisiana George

  • Matthew L
  • Matthew L
  • wayno da wino

    QOTD: CHERRIES (bing or black) That’s why i’m a pinophile.

    If ya drink no Noir, ya Pinot Noir !! :)

  • wayno da wino

    QOTD: CHERRIES (bing or black) That’s why i’m a pinophile.

    If ya drink no Noir, ya Pinot Noir !! :)

  • Cat Pee Smells Like Wine :-)

    QOD: Red: Tart red currant and tobacco. White: Cat Pee sizzling on a space heater.

  • Cat Pee Smells Like Wine :-)

    QOD: Red: Tart red currant and tobacco. White: Cat Pee sizzling on a space heater.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: TRUFFLES!

  • flavasauce

    QOTD: TRUFFLES!

  • Garrett

    QOTD: Arm-pit! No seriously, it would have to be currant.

    As for a wine to taste – how about a cheap’er’ Cali meritage?

    Quintessa? Since you do not have St. Supery ‘Elu’ in stock…

    http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=29253

  • Garrett

    QOTD: Arm-pit! No seriously, it would have to be currant.

    As for a wine to taste – how about a cheap’er’ Cali meritage?

    Quintessa? Since you do not have St. Supery ‘Elu’ in stock…

    http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=29253

  • eatapc

    QOTD:

    White wine: peaches.

    Red wine: pepper.

    — Mark B

  • eatapc

    QOTD:

    White wine: peaches.

    Red wine: pepper.

    — Mark B

  • Matt the Lurker

    QOTD – What flavor? It changes all the time. That’s what’s so great about wine is that you don’t have to have the same thing every day. Currently I’m a fan of strawberry. But in general I think my palate screams for cinnamon.

  • Matt the Lurker

    QOTD – What flavor? It changes all the time. That’s what’s so great about wine is that you don’t have to have the same thing every day. Currently I’m a fan of strawberry. But in general I think my palate screams for cinnamon.

  • Matt the Lurker

    Oh, one other thing. I think you are completely right about the change in California Chardonnay. I have noticed from the tasting rooms that I have been to that the first changes of an anti-oak movement have already started. Lucky for us I guess. The real 64k question is is that going to bleed over into the reds as well? Currently I only get a sense that oak is passe in the white department and the new world oak monster reds are still in favor. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

  • Matt the Lurker

    Oh, one other thing. I think you are completely right about the change in California Chardonnay. I have noticed from the tasting rooms that I have been to that the first changes of an anti-oak movement have already started. Lucky for us I guess. The real 64k question is is that going to bleed over into the reds as well? Currently I only get a sense that oak is passe in the white department and the new world oak monster reds are still in favor. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

  • http://www.woodlandvineyard.com/ John

    Hey Gary
    This past November we hit Landmark while we were in Sonoma and tasted the 2004 Overlook. Megan (my wife) and I enjoyed it, (notes: lot of granny smith apple on the nose as well as citrus fruit, not too much oak, great toasted notes on the palate)
    We didn’t purchase this we went with the Damaris reserve Chardonnay which doesn’t have as much distribution and doesn’t make it to Virginia. It had much more hazlenut aspects again with a lot of apple and asian pear, and not too oaky.

    Great episode.

    John

  • http://www.woodlandvineyard.com John

    Hey Gary
    This past November we hit Landmark while we were in Sonoma and tasted the 2004 Overlook. Megan (my wife) and I enjoyed it, (notes: lot of granny smith apple on the nose as well as citrus fruit, not too much oak, great toasted notes on the palate)
    We didn’t purchase this we went with the Damaris reserve Chardonnay which doesn’t have as much distribution and doesn’t make it to Virginia. It had much more hazlenut aspects again with a lot of apple and asian pear, and not too oaky.

    Great episode.

    John

  • JayZee

    Intriguing episode. I am rarely impressed with Cali Chards, but the Passagno sounds good to me – I’ll have to give it a whirl. :-)

    QOTD: I’d have to go with licorice in a red wine.

  • JayZee

    Intriguing episode. I am rarely impressed with Cali Chards, but the Passagno sounds good to me – I’ll have to give it a whirl. :-)

    QOTD: I’d have to go with licorice in a red wine.

  • aaronT

    qotd: gonna answer in the context of whites since you’re feelin that flava with summer coming… favorite flavor profile in a wine is sunflower seeds! Get that fantastic salty nutty aftertaste from some of my favorite Chardonnays (Esterlina, for example).

  • aaronT

    qotd: gonna answer in the context of whites since you’re feelin that flava with summer coming… favorite flavor profile in a wine is sunflower seeds! Get that fantastic salty nutty aftertaste from some of my favorite Chardonnays (Esterlina, for example).

  • http://www.myspace.com/flightypants Harmony

    Wow 2 wrestling comments in one episode. You are a complete and total weirdo. Thank you.

  • http://www.myspace.com/flightypants Harmony

    Wow 2 wrestling comments in one episode. You are a complete and total weirdo. Thank you.

  • http://lleichtman.org/ Lawrence Leichtman

    I like a mixed berry taste. Blackberry, blueberry, strawberry and even cherry in reds.
    Citrus does it for me in whites.

  • http://lleichtman.org Lawrence Leichtman

    I like a mixed berry taste. Blackberry, blueberry, strawberry and even cherry in reds.
    Citrus does it for me in whites.

  • Erik

    Enjoyed watching the Cali. Chardonnay tastings.

    QOTD – My favorite flavor in wines is blackcurrent; when a red wine manages to capture the truly recognizable flavor of blackcurrents I know I’m going to have a great tasting experience!

    In white wines I’ve recently been enjoying many of the flavors that the New Zealand Sauv. Blancs bring to the table (lemon-lime spritzer, gooseberry).

  • Erik

    Enjoyed watching the Cali. Chardonnay tastings.

    QOTD – My favorite flavor in wines is blackcurrent; when a red wine manages to capture the truly recognizable flavor of blackcurrents I know I’m going to have a great tasting experience!

    In white wines I’ve recently been enjoying many of the flavors that the New Zealand Sauv. Blancs bring to the table (lemon-lime spritzer, gooseberry).

  • Grif

    My favority wine flavor? That’s easy. Oak!! I like the oaky reds. Back in the 1990’s I went shopping for my favorite reds from Sonoma and discovered that the prices were higher than I expected. The store people talked me into trying Chile and Australia. I wasn’t familure with the concept of “fruit bomb” I just concluded that there was something desparately wrong with this wine and actually went off wine for about a decade. With your help I’m starting to figure out what I like and I even had a fruit bomb that I liked after 24 hours of breathing. It strikes me as odd that you put oak and fruity in the same category “new world”. They’re opposites on my liking scale. I’m watch the shows from episode one forward. I’m half way to the present.

  • Grif

    My favority wine flavor? That’s easy. Oak!! I like the oaky reds. Back in the 1990’s I went shopping for my favorite reds from Sonoma and discovered that the prices were higher than I expected. The store people talked me into trying Chile and Australia. I wasn’t familure with the concept of “fruit bomb” I just concluded that there was something desparately wrong with this wine and actually went off wine for about a decade. With your help I’m starting to figure out what I like and I even had a fruit bomb that I liked after 24 hours of breathing. It strikes me as odd that you put oak and fruity in the same category “new world”. They’re opposites on my liking scale. I’m watch the shows from episode one forward. I’m half way to the present.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Gary – Another great episode as always. I love the nerd-factor and humor you bring time and time again. I could see you actually wrting like this if you ran a magazine. Nice notes on the Sleepy Holly, too. I will have to remember to check them out arund here and see what I can dig up. Love the Duggan references. He was always fun to watch even if he didnt have a lot of techincal skill or a good finishing move… Yes, I am calling out the clothesline! QOTD: Well being new to wines and of course going the sweet route to start with, I think I would have to go with peaches.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Gary – Another great episode as always. I love the nerd-factor and humor you bring time and time again. I could see you actually wrting like this if you ran a magazine. Nice notes on the Sleepy Holly, too. I will have to remember to check them out arund here and see what I can dig up. Love the Duggan references. He was always fun to watch even if he didnt have a lot of techincal skill or a good finishing move… Yes, I am calling out the clothesline! QOTD: Well being new to wines and of course going the sweet route to start with, I think I would have to go with peaches.

  • Anonymous

    Great episode. Nice to expand palates, but nice to hit the center from time to time, as well.

    QOTD: For white, I like apricot. Especially in dessert white, but I also like when chardonnay or dry riesling has an apricot component, as well. For red, I don’t know that there’s only one. If I had to pick a single flavor component, I guess I’d go with vanilla. Not because I particularly like the flavor by iteself, but because it is one sign of a big red wine that has aged. I am much less a fan of astringent, biting wines, and vanilla always seems to be present in one form or another in wines that have had the time to mellow out.

  • Phredd

    Great episode. Nice to expand palates, but nice to hit the center from time to time, as well.

    QOTD: For white, I like apricot. Especially in dessert white, but I also like when chardonnay or dry riesling has an apricot component, as well. For red, I don’t know that there’s only one. If I had to pick a single flavor component, I guess I’d go with vanilla. Not because I particularly like the flavor by iteself, but because it is one sign of a big red wine that has aged. I am much less a fan of astringent, biting wines, and vanilla always seems to be present in one form or another in wines that have had the time to mellow out.

  • John__J

    qotd wow tough question. thats impossible to pick 1, or even 10. Most recently, I really enjoyed the petrol character in this 96 german riesling I had last night.

    Gary, how about putting a vin jaune on the show for something new?

  • John J.

    qotd wow tough question. thats impossible to pick 1, or even 10. Most recently, I really enjoyed the petrol character in this 96 german riesling I had last night.

    Gary, how about putting a vin jaune on the show for something new?

  • corkscrew

    Have had the Landmark and Pessagno-good stuff. QOTD-vanilla and chocolate and dark fruit. http://www.winelx.com

  • Anonymous

    QOTD – My favorite flavor in a wine would have to be raw cacao! I can eat that stuff by the barrel…

    Nice call on the Landmark! I have had later vintages and felt the same way.

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