California Square Russian River Chardonnay 2012, California

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Chardonnay Chardonnay
California, Usa

$11.25 (356717)

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Critic Reviews (6)

Brad Royale
Brad Royale

The nose is full of buttered pecan with bread dough and banana leaf. A very supple palate with fat wobbly acids. ...

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Michael Godel
Michael Godel

A nose of unabashed modernity comes by way of oak usage with not a whole hell of a lot of restraint. A prime and...

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Craig Pinhey
Craig Pinhey

Very forward, fruity nose with pear and tropical aromas. Soft and fruity style, with a slightly off-dry perception....

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Steve Thurlow
Steve Thurlow

A soft sweet oaky chardonnay with a rich palate. Expect mild aromas of baked apple with toffee, bread, cinnamon and...

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DJ Kearney
DJ Kearney

This wine showed well blind-tasted with a flinty nose, with lemon bonbon and a note of clovey oak. The palate has...

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Treve Ring
Treve Ring

You just need one peek at the square glass bottle to remember it forever.

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Community Reviews (1)

Edward Rasiulis
Edward Rasiulis

Cool bottle, great region, love the wine, enough said

Description: Bright light gold in colour with a medium intense nose. This wine features light oak, lemon, peach, clementine, yellow apple, pineapple, pear, oak spice and clove. Medium+ body with good acidity, a fairly long length and the alcohol is well integrated.

Negatives: None

Interesting Point: One would think that a Californian Chard with 14.5% alcohol would drink best in a new world style Chard glass, but you would be wrong, at least I was as it was nicely balanced in a cooler style (smaller style) Chard glass. The best glass was the Riedel Chard/Viognier glass. In the new world glass I would rate this wine at 88, but in the smaller glass the rating goes up to 90.

Ok I admit I bought this Chard because of the cool bottle that’s reminiscent of the California in the mid to late 1800s. In addition, it’s from the Russian River Valley, which is where some of my favourite Chards come from. Lucky for me the taste was equally appealing.

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with grilled quail with pepper jelly glaze.

Tasted: 21 Oct 2014

Best Buy

Score: 9/10, Value: 9.5/10, Total: 18.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4

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