Well made Cali + Burg chards for tasting - UPDATED $40/Bottle

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Well made Cali + Burg chards for tasting - UPDATED $40/Bottle

#1 Post by HoosJustinG »

If you wanted to showcase one authentic Sonoma/Napa chard and one white Burgundy to explore the difference between them, which two examples would you pick for a tasting? Qualifications:
1) $40/bottle or less (UPDATED)
2) readily available to order online at least - local not necessary
3) representative of the “typical” style for the region - no need to overthink what typical means just basically a little oaky vs more mineraly/flinty. I know this could devolve into a pedantic discussion, but trying to keep it simple.
4) Not Rombauer or anything like that. Still want well made even if it’s not your particular style — but no grape murderers.
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#2 Post by Vince L. »

I haven't drank a lot of White Burg but for $25 - $35 I really like.

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I know it isnt Napa/Sonoma but I think these two SRH/SBC are the best bang for your buck for that price point.

Sandhi Sta Rita Hill Chardonnay
Tyler SBC Chardonnay
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#3 Post by Dennis Atick »

$25-$30 is not a range I know too much about in white Burg, but for a few more dollars I'd throw J.A. Ferret Pouilly Fuisse in the ring. Or J.J. Vincent Cuvee Marie Antoinette might do the trick if you really want to hit the $25 mark. Or Thierry Pillot Bourgogne Blanc. Probably a bunch more..
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#4 Post by m. ristev »

enfield citrine vs testut chablis cote de brechain would be cool
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#5 Post by Aleks V »

For US: mount eden Domaine Eden or Edna Valley. Both around $25. The basic Rivers Marie Chardonnay is also an excellent option in this range, though may be tough to find outside mailing lists.

For burgundy: neither of these are Cote de Beaune, but both are technically Burgundy: Louis Michel Chablis and Domaine de la Cadette Vezelay. Both outstanding QPRs, particularly the Cadette.
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#6 Post by RobB »

Some ideas from solid wineries representing their regions well.

Burgundy
2019 Maison Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc ($35)
2017 Domaine Bruno Colin Bourgogne Blanc ($35)

USA Sonoma < $35 (Perhaps on the less oaky less ripe side)
Lynmar Estate Chardonnay Russian River Valley ($32)
Lioco Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($25)
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#7 Post by Howard Cooper »

Just went to a price list from a local store and would say:

Carillon 2019 Bourgogne Blanc
Mark Colin 2017 Bourgogne Blanc
Drouhin 2019 Montagny 1er Cru
Moreau-Naudet 2018 Chablis

2018 Mt Eden - Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyards
2017 Mt Eden - Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Domaine Eden

https://bassins.com/wine_list.php?&type ... _order=asc
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#8 Post by Stan Y. »

Along the lines of the Pouilly-Fuisse suggestion, the owner/winemaker of Guillemot-Michel has posted here some...their Vire-Clesse Quintaine is about 30 bucks and quite good.
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Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay
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#10 Post by Dennis Atick »

Stan Y. wrote: June 10th, 2021, 6:47 am Along the lines of the Pouilly-Fuisse suggestion, the owner/winemaker of Guillemot-Michel has posted here some...their Vire-Clesse Quintaine is about 30 bucks and quite good.
Good timing. Envoyer offer for the 2017 at $30 just hit the inbox about 30 minutes ago...
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#11 Post by Kevin Patrick »

I personally appreciate the Napa Chardonnay suggestions. I enjoy hosting tastings where I introduce White Burgundies to the anti-Chardonnay crowd who have had unfortunate experiences with Napa whites.

For me it is far easier to find fantastic White Burgs in this price range than Napa that are tasty. I try to be fair to Napa regardless of my personal opinion. Many Napa winemakers make a boatload of money producing oaky, buttery Chardonnays so who am I to judge? Many of the above suggestions are helpful.

Here are some of the Napa Chardonnays I have used in the past:

Amici
Beringer Private Reserve
Frank Family
Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve (when I am dealing with entry level drinkers)

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#12 Post by HoosJustinG »

Updated the post to reflect a new budget of $40/bottle ... gotten the group to pony up a bit more! Any further suggestions would be appreciated ... Kevin isn’t far from the target on the point of the tasting.

I also want to steer clear from Cali producers working in more of a “Burgundian” style — which I’d rather drink, but alas ... want to stick to a well-made example of “Cali-style” chard
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#14 Post by Juliec »

Cakebread, or Shafer Red shoulder
Ramey and Grgich are also trademarks.

Tried to stay away from ones that are more niche although stony hill and others are classics. They are widely available and wines that people can purchase easily if they like it. There are other Chardonnay that are individually more appealing, but are probably too geeky.
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#15 Post by Ed Steinway »

I agree with Julie on Ramey from California. It should be available at $40. I would also look for Forman at that price. He has always tried to make his chardonnay to be Chablis-like.

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