Tag Archives: Chardonnay

Brief Wine Notes – Champagne Voirin-Jumel 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs NV

30 Oct

This 1er Cru (from plots in the Cote de Blancs village of Vertus) Champagne is made in a style that is at once both food and quaffing-friendly.  Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a nice light, bready, yeasty note and some chalky minerality.   Nose of green apple, white flowers, citrus, caramel, and almost a cinnamon spice note.  Palate continues with the apple and some stone fruit.  Fine and persistent mousse, long finish.

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Brief Wine Notes – 2009 Diatom “Huber” Chardonnay

24 Jun

The Huber Vineyard Chardonnay from Diatom is vinified from the old Wente clone, and was planted almost 25 years ago.  I have previously reviewed wines from Diatom on other forums and expressed my concern regarding the ability of this wine to be interpreted as “Burgundian” while boasting an alcohol level labeled as 15.9%.

There is no doubt in my mind, after sharing a bottle of this wine with my tasting group, and the remainder with my wife, that the alcohol level shown on the label is accurate, but equally undetectable (until it is too late).

Aromas of white flowers, citrus blossoms, lime zest, stones fruits (nectarine, white peach), wet slate, and honey.  Palate follows through with citrus, honey, stone fruit, and wet stone (as if you did not see this coming).  In addition to the prodigious alcohol level, this wine boast a medium ++ acid level and a long finish.

A huge wine certainly by Burgundian standards, and even by Californian standards.  Pair this wine with rich seafood dishes, poultry with cream sauces, or drink on its own for simply pleasurable reasons (and at your own risk).

Brief Wine Notes – 2007 and 2008 Brick House Chardonnay

19 May

2007 Brick House Chardonnay– from a half bottle – it’s a school night (or at least that was the original plan…)

Beautiful nose of honeycrisp apple, tropical fruit, and wet stone.  Aromas follow through on the palate… crisp acidity, wonderful balance, and the wine seems to gain depth and a hint of sweetness with additional air and a bit of warming from cellar temperature. 

Split the wine with the missus over dinner, but there was just not enough wine so…

2008 Brick House Chardonnay (full 750) – the same aroma and flavor profile as the 2007, but seemingly more full bodied, rounder, and more plush, while still retaining the crisp acidity. 

When I had these a year ago side-by-side at the winery, the 2007 was my clear favorite (I thought the 2008 was flabby by comparison to the sleek racy acidity of the 2007, but the 2008 had only recently been bottled).  Now with another year of age and some time to settle down, the 2008 may turn out to be my current favorite.