Chalone Monterey County Chardonnay 2009, Monterey County

Chardonnay Chardonnay
California, Usa

$25.25 (80226)

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89 pts
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August 20, 2011

Critic Reviews (3)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

Great value from one of the pioneering chardonnay producers of the Central Coast. This is quite powerful chardonnay...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Here's a classy, elegant, well-priced chardonnay from Chalone vineyards. Acidity is fresh and vibrant, while the...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

Pale lime in colour, the 2009 Monterey Chardonnay reveals pleasant notes of lightly toasted oak and pears; switching...

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Community Reviews (6)

Edward Rasiulis
Edward Rasiulis

Light gold in colour with a medium to medium+ intensity on the nose.

Positives: Fresh nose showing lemon, sweet apples, nectarines, pineapples, light toast & oak, vanilla & limestone. The taste is smooth & creamy and yet has good acidity. Medium to full body with a long length & good complexity. The taste shows light to medium toast & oak, lemon, pineapples, mangos, nectarines, Macintosh apples & limestone. It is also nice that the alcohol is not on the high side.

Negatives: None

Interesting Things: Use the larger Chard glass vs the smaller cooler version as the cooler version glass will bring out more citric flavours as well as a bitterness on the taste while loosing the smoothness you get with the larger glass.

Drink now or over the next 2-3 years. Drink on it's own or pair it with lobster and drawn butter.

Tasted: 14 Nov 11

Best Buy

Score: 9+/10, Value: 10/10, Total: 19+/20.

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4

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Paul Forget
Paul Forget

For my palate, this Chardonnay was able to strike the right balance of oak, to give it a nice creamy buttery texture, good fruit and acidity. This flavourful Chardonnay opens up with citrus fruit, pear, butter and roasted nuts. The mouthfeel is rich, creamy/buttery with citrus and apple flavours and crisp acidity with a finish that is long, buttery texture with smoke and pears lingering. Highly recommended.

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Jason Solanki
Jason Solanki

Cork: Very nice citrus, orange, banana aromas. Lovely butter, toast, banana aromas in the glass. Interesting crisp green apple, plus butter and pear on the palate. Crisp and refreshing. Slightly acidic on the long finish. Very well-made and could have been aged another 1-2 years, but definitely enjoyable now. Tasted Sept/2011.

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Paul Haley
Paul Haley

Nicely balanced, good flavor, not quite as big as the Artesa.

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John Iacono
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Jason Chenier
Jason Chenier

Slightly smokey flavoured Chardonnay. Not overtly creamy. Nicely priced.

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