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Adler Fels 2015 Chardonnay

22 Mar

Adler Fels 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma CA. 14% ABV; MSRP $20/bottle


The 2015 Adler Fels (German for “Eagle Rock”) is a blend of two chardonnays, equal parts from vineyards in Russian River Valley and Monterey County by winemaker Linda Trotta.

Color is medium straw. The nose offers pineapple and wildflowers. Gentle but fresh and lively in the mouth, presenting a balance of delicate fruit and taut acidity. Moderate body for the mouthfeel; nicely tart across the mid-palate with notes of chalk, clay, and cedar plank to accompany the medium finish.

This is a subtle wine, capable many things. It can be a demure, delicate delight on its own, an accompaniment to a meal, or act as a supporting player to a dish without taking the spotlight. It took me three separate tastings to really understand that this wine is a modern, classically refined New World chardonnay from the European tradition. Instead of screaming for attention, this unpretentious wine is strong and silent, with measured structure and exquisite balance. I would equate it to Chanel perfume or the Jaguar XJ6 automobile, whose motor purrs so gently, you hardly feel the speed at which you rocket down the road. This is a wine you easily could drink all afternoon without realizing you have loved it for two or three bottles, and that it is time to call a car (leaving your own behind) and go home now before you order another. And another.




à votre santé!



Hahn Chardonnay 2012

7 Apr

HAH_chard_12_bottleHahn Winery 2012 Chardonnay– Monterey, California. MSRP $14/bottle;  14.5% ABV.

While in Los Angeles on business, I met friends in Pasadena for dinner and found the Hahn Chardonnay on the wine list. I brought it up when discussing wine options to find it was highly recommended by the server as a great choice for our food selections so no further discussion was required!

Color in a dimly lit room was light straw, with an aromatic, citrusy nose. In the mouth, the flavors of green apple, lemon zest, and crisp bosc pear are complemented by a nice tight acidity. This combination was able to stand up beautifully to mexican spices, and paired beautifully with fresh guacamole, grilled vegetables, and fish entrees we enjoyed for dinner, leaving the mouth fresh and ready for the next bite.I was very pleasantly surprised by this wine with the focused fruit flavor, direct delivery to the front palate, expansion on the secondary palate, and vanilla spice finish with a hint of minerality. While it is not for those who want an old-school-California buttery chardonnay, instead this wine shows lots of European chablis and sauvignon blanc attitude without the characteristic aromas. Kudos to the winemaker! A fun white at a very reasonable price, this is an easy add to your repertoire and a crowd pleaser and makes me want to taste more of the Hahn Winery offerings.

à votre santé!



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