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Apr 30, 2011 01:30 PM

Buttery Chardonnay?

I have always liked Concannon Chardonnay, but it seems they have changed and its more fruity now. I am looking for a Good Buttery Chardonnay. Any suggestions?

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    1. If you didn't already see it, there's a thread about three down from yours that has over 100 comments on buttery Chardonnay recs...

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      1. re: Kelly

        Yes I saw it, I have been reading about them. Only thing is I would like a good bottle, I am not looking for the cheapest. I tried the J Lohr arroyo seca--not too impressed.
        Thanks Kelly, I had posted this on the food side (i am new to the site) and Chow transfered it over here.

        1. In the "butter" category, I also like the Shafer Red Shoulders Ranch Chard. Big, not as "ripe fruit" driven, as Rombauer, and at slightly higher price-point. Personally, while I generally like Rombauer, I think that Kerner has been letting the grapes ripen a bit too much lately.



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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            +1 Bill. I haven't gotten a real "butter effect" from Rombauer in quite a while. I tried a 2008 Cazar Chard last night that I would have called 'caramel-ly' but I think butter fans would like it. Cazar is a label of Chasseur, and Bill Hunter worked at Rombauer, so that could explain a butter connection. Pretty good choice for that profile in the low $20 range I thought.

            Someone should start a human/wine genome project to trace the 'genealogy' of California wine styles.

            1. re: Midlife

              Caramely-ly and also butterscotch are different, than "butter" in my book. There can be some similarities, but not really that many.

              Not familiar with Cazar, but will keep an eye out for it.

              On a side note: wife loves butter, but hates butterscotch - go figure.



          2. Rombauer, Sonoma Cutrer, La Crema (2009, not 2008), for everyday drinking --J Lohr...