Off Topic: Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay Clarksburg California 2014 – $$
Pale lemon gold. 13.5% alc.
Quite a barnyard nose, but not oxidative or reductive. A leggy hot chardy. Nice flavours and acid balance. Simple mouthfeel and texture. Apricots and ground almond notes. Reasonably long and pleasant aftertaste. Nice enough.
Off Topic: Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay California 2013 – $$
I always enjoy the opportinity to aste wines from California. As I have written before, we don’t see too many on our shores. Not sure why. Maybe the exchange rate doesn’t make the trade stack up? But the wines I have tried taste great, and certainly give better value than some French varieties.
This wine exhibited a pale gold colour. 12.5% alc.
Soft & oaky. Vanilla & peaches.
Quite sweet on attack. Ripe flavours of golden stonefruit. Biscuit notes. Mouthfilling and big, but not overwrought. A very good example I think.
Off Topic: Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara California Chardonnay 2011 – $$$
I tried this, a couple of Californian Zinfandels and a Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon at a July 4th tasting at my local fine vinopolis. Brought this one home for dinner.
13.5% alc. Pale gold colour.
Angular, citrus nose. Phenolic characters, and mandarin and garden herbs.
Strong tertiary flavours, and butterscotch. Quite lean, minerally. A developed line of acidity in this one too.
Characterful and interesting, quite unlike a Kiwi Chardonnay, and for that I like.
Off Topic: McManis Family Vineyards River Junction California Chardonnay 2013 – $$
This is a practice run for July 4th. Recommended by the American woman working at my favourite vinopolis. I don’t drink much US wines, mainly cos it’s either very expensive (Ridge et al), or you just can’t get it here.
This is a developed gold colour. 13.5% alc.
Smells opulent and tropical. Citrus and green apple. Oaky.
Tastes quite oaky too. Golden fruit. Nice line of acidity through the wine. Mouthcoating and enveloping, very long. Attractive phenolic characters – both on the nose and on the palate.
I liked it muchly.