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Sep 30, 2006 11:28 PM

Wanted: Buttery Chardonnay for everyday drinking

Need your best inexpensive buttery chard suggestions. TIA

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  1. Buttery chardonnay? Some posters here will cry out and insist on having you publicly flogged for asking for that!

    Anyway, here are some inexpensive ones that I like:

    Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve (about $7 - $8)
    Ch. Ste. Michelle Indian Wells ($8 - $11)

    Sorry about the witholding of particular vintages - but, so far any vintage is OK with me on a QPR scale.

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    1. re: RCC

      Is that so wrong? I don't like "crisp" chardonnays. Should I be drinking another type of grape in order to get buttery?

      1. re: nosey

        Drink what ever YOU like. DOn't worry about people pontificating here. If your style is heavily oaked buttery wines try J. Lohr should be about 10.00

        1. re: nosey

          Nothing wrong with it, afaic. Why else would I suggest some of the QPR buttery chardonnay that I drink?

          1. re: nosey

            No! You should drink what you enjoy. And while it is true that some people prefer "crisp" Chardonnays, there are also many people who prefer "buttery" Chardonnays.

            Generally speaking, look for California Chardonnays from the Central Coast-Edna Valley-Santa Barbara area, and one that has undergone malolactic fermentation.

            In addition to the KJ VR Chardonnay suggested above, keep an eye out for Chardonnays from Meridian, Edna Valley Vineyards, La Crema, and J.Lohr, among others.

          2. re: RCC

            "Some posters here will cry out and insist on having you publicly flogged for asking for that!"

            Yep, hand me a whip, please!

            1. re: collioure

              I like Ramey and Beringer Private Reserve.

            2. re: RCC

              Sorry...but having tried perhaps 50 or more California chardonnays, my favorite by far is the Rombauer, which is indeed quite oaky and buttery. I very much prefer it over the crisper unoaked style which seems to be the current rage. Unfortunately, for me it's a bit too pricey to drink everyday.

              1. re: josephnl

                Calterra from Chile was a good, inexpensive example, of oaky, buttery chardonnay the last time I tried it, but it may be hard to find.

            3. I'm with winemark - drink what you want and I think J Lohr Arroyo Seco @ $8 a bottle on sale here in SoCal is the best bargain around & easily compares with Chards in the high teens - $20 price range. I can't think of a single Chard under $15 that I would drink, other than J Lohr - they're all pretty nasty. For even bigger & butterier (?), their Arroyo Vista @ about $16 - 17 is excellent.

              In the low 20's, keep an eye out for Frank Family - made by one of the Rombauer brothers & a Frank partner - you'll love it!

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              1. re: torta basilica

                Is a buttery Chardonnay less acidic? My stomach has begun to rebel when I put ANY white wine in it, including a very good German Spatlese, Auslese, or Riesling! Aargh. Reds, no problem...

                1. re: BostonBound

                  I have a similar problem with Syrah, Boston. I guess it all is dependent on the individual. I can, however, drink older syrahs.

              2. I like La Crema (Sonoma County)

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                  1. re: Moka

                    This made me want to try La Crema - now so do I! :-)

                  2. I hate chardonnay and love the buttery chardonnay from Murphy-Goode.

                    If you google the name and the word buttery together you'll come up with some reviews attesting to it. Not horriby expensive, if I recall.

                    1. RCC I was not criticizing you but the torent of people who regularly beat up people for wanting oaky, buttery wines. Sorry for any misunderstanding

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                      1. re: Winemark

                        One doesn't require the other, though. I like butter sometimes; I never like oak. It happens.