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ASAP Tasting of Chardonnays
August 12, 2003

Twelve Chardonnays tasted at Bishop’s Landing.

These notes are a compendium of comments. All wines were tasted blind.


1. KWV 2002 Chardonnay (South Africa) (NS $11.75) (CSPC# 304360)

Light yellow, gold with green glints.
Light floral nose, tropical fruit also pear, buttery, some mineral notes.
Pear and apple on palate, malolactic character, spicy, nice balance of fruit and wood.
Tart, almost astringent finish.
A clean, crisp wine, perhaps better with food than as a sipper.


2. Twin Islands 1999 Chardonnay (New Zealand) (NS $19.42) (CSPC# 935783)

A disappointment. The two bottles tasted showed significant differences, with one exhibiting advanced oxidation.
Nutty, woody, ripe pear on nose and mouth. Guesses homed in on an aged (over-aged?) Burgundy.


3. Nottage Hill 2002 Chardonnay (Australia) (NS $12.22) (CSPC# 283457)

Clean, clear, bright, reflective pale yellow.
Pineapple, peach, pear and some mineral notes on nose. Strong buttery/cheesy character.
Round, silky pear, apple palate with spice (ginger?). Somewhat fat. Hot, harsh finish.
A nice, well-balanced wine.


4. Calina (Kendall Jackson) 2001 Coastal Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay (Chile) (NB $19.54)

Clean, clear pale yellow gold.
Earthy lemon-lime nose; light butterscotch and custard.
Caramel and citrus peel on palate (some said “burlap”), short, hot, bitter finish.
Slightly flabby, slightly boozy.


5. Bouchacourt Macon Village 1997 (France) (NS $14.72) (CSPC# 345710)

A disappointment. It is reported that some bottles of this vintage are very fine, others are past it. The two bottles tasted here seem to be in the second category.
Bright golden yellow.
Funky, candy sweet, resin nose.
Woody, earthy, some lingering lemon fruit, hot (“machine oil”) finish.
Thin, woody, empty, homemade character.


6. Jaffelin 2000 Macon Village (France) (NS $20.38) (CSPC# 77537)

Clear pale straw colour.
Toasty, creosote nose; hints of mustiness / SO2(?), green grapes, Welch’s(?).
Good acid on palate of herbaceous green apple.
Not well balanced, poorly finished. Tasted more like Sauvignon Blanc.


7. Torres Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay 2000 (Spain) (NS $16.38) (CSPC# 64774)

85% Chardonnay, 15% Parallada
Clear bright yellow-gold colour.
Sweet, orchard fruit nose with hints of mint and floral overtones.
Earthy, woody, warm butter with a touch of clove; vanilla, apple and pear.
A good, solid, well-balanced wine.


8. Chablis Duplessis 1999 (France) (Bishop’s Cellars $90)

Pale yellow colour.
Mineral nose, peat moss, riverbed, rotting apples, dishwater, wet wool.
Smoked meat, leather, wet dog on the palate
Nasty, quick, tinny and thin finish. All malic acid.
This was a disappointing wine. The unanimous choice for worst of the evening.


9. Santa Julia Reserva Mendoza Chardonnay 2001 (Argentina) (NS $16.97) (CSPC# 932368)

Light yellow.
Lovely toasty, buttery nose with vanilla and pears and some tropical fruit.
Full bodied, marzipan, crème brule, with vanilla overtones.
Nicely balanced, somewhat hot finish.


10. Jost Bacchus Chardonnay 2002 (Canada) ($18) (Cellar Door)

Very pale, almost platinyum with just a hint of green.
Floral, (mayflower, synthetic orange blossom), grapy, wet wool(?).
Nice, crisp lemon-lime, peach, honey, white currant on the palate.
Tastes like a German hybrid!


11. Trio 2001 Chardonnay Concha y Toro (Chile) (NS $14.45) (CSPC# 433938)

Pale golden straw with hints of green.
Sur lie character on nose, also ripe pear and vanilla.
Floral, ginger, pear, red delicious apple; hint of citrus peel.
Long warm finish.


12. Bonterra Chardonnay 2001 (California) (NS $23.30) (CSPC# 342436)

Light yellow, clear and clean.
Lots of butter and oak on the nose, pear compote.
Waxy (buttery) mouthfeel, tropical fruit, vanilla.
Butterscotch / scotch finish, too warm, too much oak, too much alcohol on finish.


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