2014 Rickshaw California Chardonnay (Previously $15)

SKU #1246364

From the team at Banshee Wines, best known hereabouts for supplying us with excellently sourced Pinot Noir. Producer notes: "With the 2014 vintage we have a more than worthy follow up the popular 2013 version. Once again we tapped a plurality of sources (pretty much all coastal) from Santa Barbara all the way up to Mendocino that enabled us to create blend that hits a number of buttons simultaneously. We were able to pull some richness from warmer areas and some structure and aromatics from cooler areas. The resulting wine is fresh and vibrant aromatically. On the palate the 13 Rickshaw Chardonnay is forward tropical California fruit with vanilla, toast, all tied together with a fair bit of lemony verve."

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2016 | Send Email
This has an inviting bright noise. In the mouth it is creamy smooth,rich and buttery. The Rickshaw is fruity,very easy to drink and tastes like one spent a lot more on it than $14.99.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2016 | Send Email
I think of this wine as if Chablis and CA Chardonnay got pregnant and gave birth to Rickshaw Chardonnay. The minerality, brightness, citrus notes, freshness and liveliness all jump out, and with a $15 price tag, I am not sure anything else right now comes close to delivering this sort of wine at this price. A true value, not for only the price you pay, but more because of what is inside the bottle.
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Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
This Chardonnay is ripe, tropical, and creamy, but has plenty of acidity to keep Chardonnay fans interested. The mid-palate weight and touch of vanilla from the oak make this a joy to drink. I don't think there's a better bottle of California Chardonnay in our inventory at this price point!

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1