Many people prefer Chardonnay when selecting a white wine. I've noticed that Chardonnay is most often chosen by my female friends, family and colleagues at dinners and social gatherings. Did you know that Chardonnay is the most popular of the grape varietals in America? So, I thought a wine tasting with Chardonnay wines would be a great way to expand my wine horizons. I wanted to compare and contrast the flavors and characteristics of different Chardonnays.
We spent last weekend in Vermont with our friends Ron and Sharon. They agreed a Chardonnay wine tasting sounded like a fun idea, so we made it a plan for Friday evening as a way to kick off the weekend.
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Each of these wines is very affordably priced and available widely. You should be able to purchase them for between $10 and $15 at your local wine shop.
Before the wine tasting I did some online research to see what I could learn about each of the wines. These winemaker comments were found at http://www.wine.com/.
Here's what the winemakers said about each of their wines:
Starmont Chardonnay, 2008, winemaker's notes:
"The light oak treatment gives a round mouth feel and improved complexity, while highlighting the fruit driven focus of the wine. Aromas of Graventstein Apple, Bosc Pear, mandarin orange, peach, apple tart with roasted hazelnut, vanilla bean and spice (nutmeg and clove). The wine has a soft entry leading to a round fleshy mid-palate and is filled with layers of fruit and spice. Toasty notes are accentuated on the long finish."Francis Coppola Chardonnay, 2008, winemaker's notes:
"Buttercup yellow in color. Cantaloupe, pear and cinnamon aromas. Apple, passion fruit and crème brulée on the palate. This Chardonnay displays rich, flamboyant flavors and a soft, creamy finish."
Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay, 2009, winemaker's notes:
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