2012 Butternut California Chardonnay

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Aptly named and always a favorite in the rich California style, Butternut is a luxuriously textured Chardonnay. Aromas of baked apple, hazelnut, and creme brulee fill the nose and reverberate on the palate with notes of peach, fig, butterscotch, and toasty oak. Grapes for the 2012 bottling were sourced from important growing regions across California including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Monterey. The result is a generous and concentrated Chardonnay that creates a statewide snapshot of the bountiful 2012 harvest.

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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2015 | Send Email
If you’re a fan of voluptuous, oak-driven California Chardonnay, but are aiming for an everyday price point, then the 2012 Butternut is the bottle for you. Dusty lemon peel, creamed butter, and orange on the nose, lead in to a rounded, creamy palate featuring oaky vanilla and cashew notes. While not devoid of fruit, it avoids the exuberant, tropical side of Chardonnay, and cleaves to the premise inherent in its name.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2015 | Send Email
This is an opulent example of California Chardonnay at less than half the price of similar-tasting wines. Rich and creamy with plenty of butter and vanilla notes, this wine delivers on the promise of its label. However, the acidity keeps it from being cloying on the palate. Enjoy.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2015 | Send Email
With butter in the label I was thinking it was going to be just one note of oak. To my surprise, it had some acidity. Fresh apple and candied spice. With a soft creamy finish. Easygoing summertime wine.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2015 | Send Email
Big,rich,buttery,round and juicy. There is truth in advertising with the name Butternut.If you like California style Chardonnay, the Butternut is delicious and a great value.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2015 | Send Email
The ultimate in big, rich, classically California styled Chardonnay. Fully of creamy, lush notes, butter cream frosting, poached pears, rich vanilla. The mouth feel is ultra decadent, full bodied and with a weighty viscosity. The 100% new French oak gives structure to frame the wine, with baking spice and sourdough toast. Rombauer fans will rejoice at the price.

By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2015 | Send Email
The name says it all. For a great value California Chardonnay, this is your bottle.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2015 | Send Email
Here's a long time staff and customer fave! If you love that California style of wine and look for rich flavors of buttery brioche and baked apples, this is the chard for you! On the palate is a lush-bodied wine infused with toasty oak and notes of dulce de leche -- what a deal at only $15 bucks!

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2014 | Send Email
Here is a classic California Chardonnay. This wine has exhilarating aromas of honeysuckle, pear and green apple, with hints of pineapple. On the palate, this wine is rich and full-bodied, with lively fruit, sweet vanilla, butterscotch flavors and a refreshing, long, lingering finish.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9