La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

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La Crema Website, $23

Vivino Info

Total Wine & More, $13.79

BevMo, $14.99


Aaron: I continue to enjoy bottles from La Crema.  For reasonable prices, these are consistently solid.  This bottle had guava, cantaloupe, and pretty much any other tropical fruit you can imagine on the nose.  The flavor was buttery and light in flavor with bananas, orange peel, and a slight nuttiness.  Some vanilla countered a light punch on the finish, but this was not harsh in any way.  90 points

Teri: The smell is filled with honey and cream and the match the flavors on the wine. I tasted buttery, creamy vanilla with some mild oak. Extremely easy drinking. It’s not too complex but full of flavor. Easy to find; Keep this one on hand if you like buttery chardonnay. It would also make a good white sangria too. 91 points 

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Phantom Chardonnay 2016

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Phantom Chardonnay Website (Made by Bogle)

Wine Enthusiast Review

Purchased from Cost Plus World Market, $20

Total Wine & More, $17.49

BevMo, $17.99

Vivino Info


Aaron: Mango banana nose with vanilla and chamomile.  This was very complex and the flavor was bursting with fruits, nuts, and honey.  It finished with a pleasant, silky butter.   This was really good in my opinion with tropical fruits but cashew nuts and a bit of floral notes for complexity.  Different flavors on the palate and the nose but overall, really impressed.  92 points

Teri: Bogle knows how to make great wine in mass quantity and their Phantom Chardonnay is no different. According to Vinvino, this is rated in the top 2% of wines and I would have to agree. This bottle is delicious! Buttery nose and flavor mixed with stone fruit, vanilla, and a hint of underripe mango. If you like buttery Chardonnay, then stock up. If you don’t, there is still quite a bit to appreciate about this bottle. Smooth and full mouthfeel with a long lingering finish. I would pair this with creamy sauces, fish, citrus-flavored dishes or any good or bad day you may be having. 92 points 

Uenuku Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $13/bottle

Vivino Info


Aaron:  I smelled banana, apricot, and honey on this very fruity nose.  The flavor was not as sweet, featuring more crisp green apple and lemons.  As I took a second sip the citrus became a little too overwhelming for me, with most sour lime.  87 points

Teri: This is a beautiful Sav Blanc; Easy to enjoy. I smell tropical fruits on the nose and taste flavors of kiwi, passion fruit, and some almond on the finish. The wine itself also has almost a buttery mouthfeel. Refreshing. Would purchase again or share with others as a gift. 90 points 

La Foret 2016

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Lot 18, $15/Bottle 


Aaron:  This bottle is worth skipping.  The olive and cherry nose also had some roses but wasn’t anything worth writing home about.  The flavor was too tannic and bitter with a marble aftertaste.  Currants and thorny vines flowed through the light body that tasted watered down.  Too tart and not full enough.  85 points

Teri: Dark berry and mushroom nose with a bit of orange spice. On the wine, I taste bing cherry and white tea with a mossy finish. This is easily drinkable with good flavor which is balanced between earth minerals and fruit. 88 points