Three Spring Value Chardonnays

20 Apr

With the warm winds of spring come the white wines for summer. Here are three good values to share, from least expensive and most clean to the more complex and fuller bodied.

Naked Grape Chardonnay, Mayfair Wine, $7/bottle.

Naked Grape Chardonnay

With a greenish tint and aromas of citrus, honeysuckle and grapefruit on the nose.  In the mouth, a blend of crisp white pear and green apple. Clean, refreshing, enjoyable without barrel or mineral notes, this is a pure expression of the grape.  A good value; I am surprised more people don’t buy Naked Grape wines simply to understand the grapes themselves at less than the price of a single glass elsewhere.

Bogle Chardonnay 2011, Clarksburg CA. Mayfair Wine, $11/bottle.

Bogle 2011 Chardonnay

Pale yellow green in color, this wine has a very delicate nose of wildflower and lemongrass. In the mouth, nice gentle fruit with good balance from the acidity, with added depth of oak.  These grapes  have been aged nicely on the vine and picked at the height of maturity. Delicious. I’ve been consistently impressed by the value offered from the reasonably priced wines from Bogle. This is another example of serious craftsmanship.

Toasted Head Chardonnay 2010; Acampo, CA. Mayfair Wine, $12/bottle

Toasted Head Chardonnay

Bright yellow color. Of the three wines, this tastes as if it is the longest barrel-aged with a long finish. The ‘toasted head’ refers to the toasting of the barrel which transfers more oak flavor to the wine and in this case, the oakiness is superior to other elements in the wine. Rich, savory flavors dominate this wine, which is heavy to those who like a gentle wine but perfect for those who want more body in their chardonnay, or for a pairing choice.

à votre santé!

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