The Chardonnay grape is the most planted white wine varietal in the world. It is grown in all the major wine making regions of the world. Chardonnay wine got it's start and earned it's reputation for great wine in the Burgundy region of France. Whether Chablis or Corton-Charlemagne the Chardonnay wines from this region set the quality level for every other growing area in the world to achieve. In addition, Chardonnay grapes are used in the Champagne region to make many of those sparkling wines. It is picked early there to maintain a high acid level and understate the fruit. The Chardonnay grape has been very successful in other areas of the world, most notably California and Australia. There are many great Napa Valley Chardonnays and Sonoma Chardonnays that have become staples in many fine wine collections. And Australian Chardonnays are becoming very popular and provide some stunning wine values as well. Wherever they are from you should buy Chardonnay wines at the Ultimate Wine Shop.
The 2011 Chardonnay appears to have more richness and body than the 2010, which is counterintuitive considering the cool year, but in 2011 Bo Barrett and his team had to wait until the end of October for this fruit to fully ripen,... Read More
The creamy texture and balanced acidity are punctuated by rich fruit flavors, including melon, fig, and baked apples. These luscious flavors are complemented by baking spices, vanilla and honey accents, all of which linger on... Read More
"The 2011 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch has a similar aromatic and flavor profile as the 2010 with more textural richness and oiliness because of the presence of botrytis in this vintage. I have to say, the 2011 is highly intriguing.... Read More
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