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- RenieSot - 03-25-1999 01:18 PM

help- I am trying to find a reasonably priced BUTTERY Chardonnay. I used to enjoy Jekel 1996, but the 1997 is much sharper than its predecessor.

Any suggestions?

- Jerry D Mead - 03-25-1999 04:21 PM

If it's available in your market...check out the Boyer Chardonnay. It's made by Jekel winemaker Rick Boyer for his own label, and I suspect he's buying even better barrels for his limited production wine...and the price is a steal...around $10-$12.


- Jerry D Mead - 03-25-1999 04:24 PM

Also check out the Hahn Estate 1997...another bargain...and lots of buttery, toasty oak...tastes like $20...sells for $10 or less. That one you should be able to find.

Re the Hahn...make sure you get the 97...the 96 didn't have the wood level the 1997 does. Haven't tasted the 98 yet.


- Randy Caparoso - 03-26-1999 01:04 AM

Don't neglect the Southern Hemispheres, where percentage-wise I think they're making them more buttery-toast-oaky than California.

From South Africa, the Glen-Carlou Reserve Chard is plenty smoke and dairy; quite nice for about $12-$13.

From Australia, look for Rosemount's "Orange Vineyard" ($13-$15) or "Giant Creek" ($13-$15), Tyrrell's "Vat 47" ($16-$18), or the Mitchelton "Reserve" ($15-$17).

From Chile, Casa Lapostolle "Cuvee Alexandre" ($12-$13) is also plenty buttery, with a nice, round, viscous texture.

Pass the bread!