Sonoma


Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2014, Penedès, Spain (£13.99 Hailsham Cellars, Lancaster Wine Company, Dartmouth Wine Company) Rich and rounded, broad peach and pineapple chunk flavour, tinned fruit juice, smells fleshy but while there’s some lemony zip to bring some freshness, it’s not subtle – feels like yesterday’s wine… B- La […]

Chardonnays from Spain and California


Marimar Estate Acero Chardonnay 2014, Russian River Valley, California (~£22 winedirect.co.uk) Young fresh, honest style, with plump nectarine and tinned peach flavours, decent but a touch simple. B Miguel Torres Cordillera Chardonnay 2013, Limarí, Chile (£12.99 Hoults, Partridges of Sloane Street, Portland Wine Company, Mitchells Vintners, Swift Wines, Blyth Valley […]

Two Chardonnays from Torres


Marimar Estate Albariño 2013, Russian River Valley, California (£26.95 Edgmond Wines) Smells rich and fleshy, sl peach – cooked and fresh, crystallised orange, weighty, nutty, peachy fruit, like Albarino with a dollop of Chardonnay, but nice dry finish. And regarding my comments on the video wondering whether it would open […]

Marimar Estate Albariño 2013, Russian River Valley, California



I didn’t taste these side by side, but I’ve ended up giving them all similar marks – would happily drink them all, but none had me jumping out of my seat and shouting ‘Whoopee!’ Vergelegen Premium Chardonnay 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£12.49 Majestic, Roberts and Speight, Stewart Wines, Liquid Treasure, Noble Green […]

Chardonnays from France, South Africa & USA


Byron Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Barbara County, California (£16 Slurp.co.uk) Some will like the soft, vanilla tinged ripe red berry flavours here, but others will think that (like many Californian Pinots) it veers too much towards the overripe. I tasted this over a couple of days to see if a […]

Four Californian Pinot Noirs


Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£24.99 Majestic, Bentley’s Wine Merchants, CellarVie Wines, D Byrne & Co, Harrods, Leamington Wine Company, ND John Wine Merchants, Noel Young Wines, Ozwines.co.uk, Philglas & Swiggot, Provender Brown, Taylor’s Fine Wines, The Secret Cellar, Shills of Cockermouth, Slurp.co.uk, Winedirect.co.uk) Initially shy […]

Chardonnay from Australia, France, South Africa & California