After our recent focus on Burgundy, we’ve decided to share a selection of our favourite Chardonnays from the West Coast of the USA. From the rich and balanced wines of Washington State, the incredibly delicious wines from Sonoma Coast with some of the most spectacular cliff top vineyards in the World; the exceptional from Carneros a unique micro-climate found at the foot of Sonoma and Napa; and of course the lush, layered and complex wines of Napa Valley itself. Please see below for some choice picks from our cellars.
2014 Bogle Reserve Chardonnay – California, USA
Wine Spectator, Decanter and Wine Enthusiast to name a few World-Class wine publications have repeatedly rated Bogle as the greatest value wine available from the USA
2014 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Chardonnay – Washington, USA
Ripe orchard fruit flavours are joined by creamy, buttery notes and balanced by lively acidity, creating a rich yet fresh wine.
“What’s remarkable is the careful and personal detail each of the 6000 barrels get for this wine.” – Natalie McLean (90 points)
2016 Coppola Diamond Chardonnay – California, USA
This Chardonnay reflects the distinctive personality of Monterey vineyards, which give rise to juicy apple, guava and melon flavours. Whole-cluster pressing and a combination of barrel and stainless steel fermentation ensure that the creamy texture and caramelized sugar finish is balanced by a crisp acidity.
2014 H3 Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay – Washington, USA
Hints of toasty coconut join flavors of white orchard fruits, pineapple, grapefruit and sweet oak, ending with a lengthy finish of creamy vanilla.
The vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills are the source and inspiration behind the H3 wines
For the Cellar
2015 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – California, USA
“The 2015 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast offers aromas of honey-drizzled peaches, poached pears, muskmelon and butterscotch. Medium to full-bodied with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and plenty of butter-laced stone fruit flavours on offer, it has great harmony and persistence” – Wine Advocate
2015 Flowers Sonoma Chardonnay – California, USA
Elegant, balanced palate driven by citrus and stone fruit that carry over onto a long finish marked with the distinctive acidity of the Sonoma Coast.
2014 Hyde de Villaine De la Guerra Chardonnay – California, USA
The palate echoes the nose with brilliant freshness and focus. The pleasant texture is enhanced by gentle richness, carrying the wine to a long and bright finish.
2013 Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay – California, USA
The palate is precise and focused, driven by mouthwatering acidity and framed by flinty, coastal minerality – a vivid expression of Flowers Estate vineyard.
2013 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay – California, USA
“A fresh and clean wine with a lovely linear structure that gives the wine energy and power. Medium body, lovely cream and flan and hints of stone. Love the subtlety and length.” – James Suckling
12 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionnelle – California, USA
The fragrance of fruit is complemented with hints of yeast, white flowers, spicy ginger and fresh honeycomb. The lime, tangerine and pear flavours are tart and refreshing on entry. The palate is crisp with long lingering acidity.