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WINE PICKS : CHARDONNAY

By Thom Elkjer
wine editor

TIP: Chardonnay typically balances fruit, acidity and texture.  This varietal goes well with everything from fish and poultry to cheeses, spicy foods and nut sauces.
50°F / 10°C
Ideal serving temperature
for CHARDONNAY.

BONTERRA CHARDONNAY
Mendocino County 2003 ($15): a light touch of oak sweetens the apple aromas and complements full-bodied flavors of quince and clover honey; a complete wine that doesn’t need size to make a statement.

MERIDIAN CHARDONNAY
Santa Barbara County 2003 ($8): the floral aromas include incisive notes of cut celery and the sweetness in your mouth is cut cleanly with zingy acidity that also buoys the texture and finish. Great value.
PATZ & HALL CHARDONNAY
Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2002 ($36): a great example of the Patz & Hall style: superbly integrated fresh fruit and oak flavors, an elegant structure underlying abundant stuffing, and an expansive finish that makes you want more. Age-worthy.
TALBOT CHARDONNAY
Monterey County Sleepy Hollow Vineyard “Cuvee Cynthia” 2001 ($45): rose gold in color and packed with pear and quince jelly flavors that just manage to stand up to the toasted oak flavors; might be best in 2-3 years.


MAR/APR 2005
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Chardonnay, Pick Your Passion
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Wine Picks - CHARDONNAY
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