TIP: Chardonnay typically balances fruit, acidity
and texture. This varietal goes well with everything from fish and
poultry to cheeses, spicy foods and nut sauces.
50°F / 10°C
Ideal serving temperature
Mendocino County 2003 ($15): a light
touch of oak sweetens the apple aromas and complements full-bodied
flavors of quince and clover honey; a complete wine that doesn’t
need size to make a statement.
Santa Barbara County 2003 ($8): the floral aromas
include incisive notes of cut celery and the sweetness in your mouth is
cut cleanly with zingy acidity that also buoys the texture and finish.
PATZ & HALL CHARDONNAY
Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2002 ($36):
a great example of the Patz & Hall style: superbly integrated fresh
fruit and oak flavors, an elegant structure underlying abundant stuffing,
and an expansive finish that makes you want more. Age-worthy.
Monterey County Sleepy Hollow Vineyard “Cuvee
Cynthia” 2001 ($45): rose gold in color and packed with pear and
quince jelly flavors that just manage to stand up to the toasted oak flavors;
might be best in 2-3 years.
Favorites: In California’s Gold Country Nearly everyone has had a disappointing experience
with supermarket-bought summer berries. You're doing your weekly grocery
shopping and are tempted by the blueberry special – only $2.99! – so you
buy a package or two and bring them home. The hammer falls, however, when
you sprinkle them on your morning cereal the next day only to find that
the berries are moldy.