2016 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Chardonnay (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1402186 93 points James Suckling

 A vibrant Chardonnay with a strong array of peach aromas and subtly flinty edges. There’s plenty of interest on the palate and the tension and power is very impressive, as is the clarity. Drink now.  (10/2018)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 A classic from a classic winery, this wine feels generous and focused at once. The scents of lemon and chalk suggest a light wine, but with air an impressive depth emerges, a core of ripe pear and apple, chewy and succulent, with enough brisk acidity to shore it all up.  (10/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chardonnay features Golden Delicious apples and baked yellow pears with touches of toast, cream and lemon. The medium to full-bodied palate has citrus flavors with plenty of freshness, finishing long and toasty. (EB)  (8/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a pretty, even sexy style, that matches its crisp green apple core to lightly buttery barrel toast. It's a classic combination, well executed, not too ripe, but fresh, clean and quite tasty. (PG)  (4/2018)

Vinous

 Bright yellow. Dried pear, honey, vanilla and a hint of candied ginger on the pungent nose and in the mouth. Broad and chewy in texture, showing more oak spice character than I'd have guessed from the relatively low percentage that's actually here. Finishes dry and nervy, delivering solid thrust and lingering spiciness. (JR)  (2/2018)


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By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2019 | Send Email
I've just recently begun to explore Chardonnays from the Dundee Hills AVA, and the 2016 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Chardonnay was a delightful introduction. The nose reminds me quite a bit of Meursault. The wine has wonderful aromas of orchard fruit. Medium to full body and round on the palate with a very elegant texture with citrus notes. Great elegance and balance. This is a terrific value!
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Chardonnay

- 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.
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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.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.