My last “Wine Tasting Tell All” post ended with absolutely no idea on how I was going to organize the remainder of the wineries that I interacted with at that big industry tasting I attended. Well, guess what? I still have no idea! But I need to do something in an effort to bring some of those most excellent wines to you, if nothing more than to highlight and give pause so as to focus on wines that you should either know or, under best circumstances, to buy.
Ok, so this post is a little easier. 3 wines, all Chardonnays, all excellent!
From Wines of Substance, my first Chard to come upon was from SIXTO, the Chardonnay-only label from Charles Smith (the multiple “Winemaker of the Year” and the one who brought us wines like – Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Chateau Smith, Velvet Devil and his first wine, K Syrah!) and Brennon Leighton and inspired by the story of musician Sixto Rodriguez. This was their “Uncovered” Chard from 2016. A blend from their 3 vineyards; Frenchman Hills, Moxee and Roza Hills from Washington State. Washington Chards possess their own nuances and this wine didn’t fail. A softer edge but still fresh acidity with good minerality and stone fruit. A combination of Stainless Steel, Concrete and both Neutral and New French Oak, helps give the wine its personality and seductiveness.
Next up comes from the distinguished winery of Chappellet. Their introduction of their “Grower Collection” (honoring the camaraderie between winegrower and winemaker, and their dedication and talent), in this case, their “Calesa Vineyard” Chardonnay for 2017. From the Petaluma Gap (just South of Sonoma) and beautifully put together, this Chard is intriguing with stone fruit and citrus nuances finishing in a lovely but firm spiced note leaving you to want more. Which you would if you drink it or should get if you find it. Great effort and wine.
My last Chardonnay comes from a winery that, for me, needs to introduction. A name synonymous with quality and is favored by many winemakers for its gorgeous fruit; Hudson Vineyards! I remember when my wine rep came to me at the wine shop and when I told him I was disappointed at not being able to get some of the great chardonnays from certain wineries carrying the Hudson Vineyard designation, he asked if I might be interested in a wine made by those same folks, in other words, Hudson Winery. Sign me up is all I said. From that point on I was a convert. Big Bold Beautiful wine! Its French Oak treatment leading the way to other palate-pleasing notes of stone fruit, slight honey nuttiness, and a long satisfying finish. You can’t go wrong!
I do wish to add that the three wineries above did have additional wines at their table as well that were outstanding as well. Since I can’t review them all, chosen with my own passion, did I proceed.
So ends the third installment. I’m thinking only one more post is left, all reds all freaking phenomenal and probably too many for one post, but I’ll try to limit it.