Posted on Jul, 14. 2011 by Kevin Sidders
We’ve got a top quality, amazingly priced California Chardonnay today. As it’s been a few months since we’ve offered one out, I made it my quest to search out the best value example I could find. After a bunch of research online reading reviews (Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, CellarTracker), published articles (columnists and bloggers) and bulletin boards, I settled on a handful of wines to sample that are currently available in the market. I tasted a half dozen, then hung on to the three best and shared then with a couple of other Board members (and select hangers on) after last week’s tasting (sometimes good things happen if you stay late enough).
While all of the wines were quite good (as the upfront research paid off), we all agreed that one particular wine stood notably above the crowd — the 2008 MacRostie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast. Now you’ve probably heard of MacRostie — they’ve been around since the 1980s making mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from grape sources first in Carneros, then later adding estate vineyards in Sonoma. They generally make very solid wines year-in and year-out and have established a strong reputation for quality and value over that time. I’ve had their wines from time to time in my cellar, and they never disappoint in delivering a quality drinking experience and solid value.
The catalyst for trying this particular wine was a rave review from the Wine Spectator:
“A rich, elegant style, with intense concentrated citrus, green apple, spice and fresh-cut flowers. Full-bodied, gaining depth and complexity on the finish, where the minerality shines through. Drink now through 2018. 16,000 cases made – J.L. 92 Points
Our collective tasting notes confirmed that profile — I found this to be absolutely rock solid, with great concentration and a middle of the fairway California Chardonnay taste profile where intense fruit balances some healthy oak, and the others heartily agreed. This is the kind of wine that celebrates what California can do with this grape, in its own special way, without being clumsy or going over the top — precisely the kind of wine I love to have in my cellar at all times.
At the full retail price of $25 this would be an excellent choice — indeed, in terms of score/price using the powerful Wine Spectator review search tool, this is the top value California Chardonnay under $25 currently available. As such, and with the generous production volume, I think this wine is a lock to be included in the 2011 Wine Spectator Top 100 list at year-end. (And remember, the last time we told you that the wine ended up #1!)
Now I’m not promising that, but what’s best of all is the outstanding deal we’ve been able to negotiate for you:
2008 MacRostie Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $16.14 • Premier Cru: $16.87 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $25.00
This a special occasion quality Chardonnay at an everyday drinking Chardonnay price. Highly Recommended.
As I said, I want wines like this in my cellar at all times, so let my order for 6 bottles get things started…