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A Pair of Californian Chardonnays


These two Chardonnays were drunk last month. The Beringer came across as mature and did a good job of showcasing the creamy, tropical, richer style but still maintaining control and a decent price point. The Ramey steps things up in terms of quality with its white fruit (instead of tropical), grip, and lively acidity. My preference leans towards the Ramey. It is a beautiful wine that while drinkable now, it should benefit from a year or two in the cellar. The price is pretty good as well! These bottles were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

2007 Beringer, Chardonnay, Private Reserve, Napa Valley – $26
This wine is 100% Chardonnay sourced from the northern Gamble Ranch and Yountville vineyards. The fruit was fermented in 62% new French oak barrels, underwent malolactic fermentation, and aged for nine months. There is a light to medium color of golden straw. The wine starts off creamy in the mouth with low-lying white and yellow fruit tilting towards tropical flavors, notes of barrel toast, and cool flavors. The good mouth feel carries through the finish where there are some spices. ** Now.

2009 Ramey, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – $28
This wine is 100% Chardonnay with 41% sourced from Dutton, 32% Martinelli, 14% King, 11% Rochioli, and 2% Green Pastures vineyards. The fruit was fermented in Burgundian barrels using indigenous yeasts. Drunk over several nights there was a good nose of white fruit and pears. In the mouth the grippy, mild palate expands into the mouth. While there are ripe fruit notes the pungent acidity brings a lively crispness to the wine. Working the wine in the mouth brings out a good mouthfeel before the tangy and tart aftertaste. The are some spices and a touch of barrel note to the aftertaste. This wine has a lot of personality. *** Now-2017.

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