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Angelo Gaja Langhe Rossj Bass 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Distinctly cooler on the nose than the 2011, showing a sexy musky quality to the aromas and flavors of lemon, lime and fresh herbs....
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Angelo Gaja Langhe Rossj Bass 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Gaja's 2013 Rossj-Bass is quite expressive and nuanced. Scents of apricot pit, peach, mint, flowers and white pepper meld together...
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Antica Chardonnay 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Fresh apple blossom, green apple skin and citrus notes are present in the tart, minerally, naked 2013 Chardonnay that does a California...
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Aquitania Sol De Sol Chardonnay 2011 750ml

Rated 93 - I simply loved the 2011 Sol de Sol Chardonnay which is a classic, oaked Chardonnay from the cooler Malleco Valley with a nose of honey,...

Chardonnay & Chardonnay Blends

Known commonly as the great white grape of the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay has become the most popular white wine in America, if not the world. Chardonnay is by nature a rich, full-bodied wine that grows at its best in a relatively cool climate. It is grown in virtually every growing region in the U.S. and is made in a myriad styles. Most Champagne and methode champenoise sparkling wine has Chardonnay in its blend. At one extreme, it can be elegantly floral and forward in the nose, with lovely fruit of pears and melons and a clean green apple acidity with a certain flinty or chalky mineral quality. It often has a full almost "oily" mouthfeel that lasts seemingly forever on the palate, with a perfect balance of fruit, acid and alcohol. Despite the long, complex finish, Chardonnay makes you hungry for food and thirsty for more wine all at the same time. At the other extreme, the first inhalation fills your nostrils with the sweet vanilla of new French oak and the creamy, buttery complexity that only Chardonnay can embody. Butterscotch, hazelnuts, toasted almonds all might come to mind, and the fruit might be tropical in nature, perhaps pineapples or coconuts, with more grapefruit-like acidity. This is truly a chameleon grape, and it can be altered as much by the climate and soil as by the winemaker's hand. In this country, it has found its best representations in Monterey and the Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Carneros, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Willamette Valley (Oregon), Yakima Valley (Washington), Virginia and Long Island.