What’s in the glass tonight August 13th – Chardonnay

Bogle Chardonnay 2014

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.

85 points


What’s in the glass tonight Aug 8th

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay 2013

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.

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight – American Independence Day July 4th

Au Bon Climat Chard 2013

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.

VG 4


What’s in the glass tonight July 3rd

McManis Chardonnay 2013

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.

VG 4