Benziger Chardonnay 2008, Carneros

Chardonnay Chardonnay
California, Usa

$19.95 (34777)

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89 pts
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March 19, 2011

Critic Reviews (3)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Here's a classy carneros chardonnay with better-than-average intensity, length and depth. There's notable wood...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

Some restraint on the nose with evidence of elegant minerality both on the nose and palate. Palate yields lime tart...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

Looks like Benziger has finally found a niche: cool-climate Chardonnay, which it seems to do very well. Light green...

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Edward Rasiulis
Edward Rasiulis

Description: Bright clear gold in colour with medium+ intensity in the nose.

Positives: Distinct Chard nose with medium toasted oak. The nose shows notes of lemon meringue pie, vanilla, caramelized apple & light minerality. More citric notes on the taste with lemon & orange notes, green apples, vanilla & butterscotch. Medium toasted oak with good acidity, medium to full body, medium+ length & not high in alcohol, which is a nice surprise for a mid level Californian Chard.

Negatives: Some bitterness detected.

Interesting Points:

Use the larger new world Chard glass vs the smaller old world.
Benziger is an organic winery.
Drink now on its own or pair it with seared sea bass glazed in Chardonnay.

Tasted 13 Oct 11.

Best buy on sale price.

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5+/10 (sale price would be 9.5/10), Total: 17.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5

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