Tansey’s Blind rating – 88 Points
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Review by Eric Tansey, CSW
This wine is a rich, golden color. The aromatics lift from the glass immediately. Very powerful aromas of vanilla, banana, buttered popcorn, and a little peanut brittle as well. On the palate the wine is very rich, very full bodied, and very, very, buttery. If you like the butter bombs then you must add this to your list of wines to seek out. Creamy and luscious with tropical fruit characteristics like banana and green melon followed by toasted bread and buttery popcorn. Wines like this spend a lot of time in expensive oak barrels, driving up the cost. To find a wine like this in this price range is pretty awesome.
Homework or Fun Tasting with your friends – If you want to really understand a clear and present difference between the stereotypical California Chardonnay and a Washington style Chardonnay, try Butter Chardonnay from California next to the Charles and Charles Chardonnay from Washington. I promise you will absolutely see the difference between the two and I think you will have a lot of fun with both of them. So invite your friends over to give it a try, send us a picture and please leave us a message or comment at the bottom of this page. Instagram: Tansey Reviews. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TanseyReviews/ Follow us on Snap Chat for review videos: Eric Tansey. http://tanseyreviews.com/review/charles-and-charles-chardonnay-2014/
Wine Selection – Butter Chardonnay
Vintage – 2015
Varietals – Chardonnay
Region – California
Alcohol – 14.8%
Food Pairing – Grilled chicken, white pasta, fish, stuffed flounder, creamy cheeses
What is Chardonnay?
Chardonnay is a white wine made from a green skinned grape. The grape is native to France and more specifically the Burgundy region of France, where some of the most expensive and most sought-after Chardonnays in the world come from. Chardonnay is also one of the three grapes used in the famous sparkling wines of Champagne. If Cabernet Sauvignon is the king, then Chardonnay is definitely the queen of grape varietals. It is grown internationally and is one of the most widely planted wine varietals in the world. It produces nearly every style of white wine from clean, crisp, and refreshing un-oaked wines, to hardy, rustic, woody, and bourbon-y oaked wines. Chardonnays are very fun wines to explore, they can vary so widely from region to region and from winemaker to winemaker. There are so many styles that you could spend a lifetime trying to taste them all. They can be grown in lower altitudes with warmer climates to produce a wine that is more tropical with pineapple and banana characteristics and with lower acidity, or they can be grown in higher altitudes with cooler climates making them lighter and more crisp, with zesty citrus characteristics, high acidity and light body. If you have tried Chardonnay before and you did not like it…well, try one from a different place made in a different style. If you like white wines… and I hope you do… then I promise there is Chardonnay out there for you, you just have to find it! Happy hunting and let us share the journey with you. Share your tasting adventures with us by reaching out to us on Snap Chat, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram or just leave a comment below, we love to hear from you. Cheers. Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1