Barquette Chardonnay 2015

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Lot 18/The Tasting Room, $17.50/bottle

Vivino Info 

Celler Tracker 


Aaron: I was impressed with this Chardonnay.  The nose was fruity and tropical with pineapple and the flavor was sweet with honey and syrup.  To avoid an overly sweet experience, this wine adds butter and cream with lots of fruit making it easy to drink and easier to enjoy.  91 points

Teri: Very fragrant honeydew smell greats you first followed by the flavors of pear, stone fruit, tropical citrus, and vanilla. Great flavor and very easy to drink with a nice weight and body to the white wine. 90 points 

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 

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 

Laurent Miquel Solas Chardonnay 2015

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Laurent Miquel Website

BevMo, $15.99 (sale)

Vivino Profile


Aaron: This featured a peachy, butter smell with smooth almonds, butter, and green apples.  The finish featured even more butter (sorry for not mixing up the description here) with a little bread flour.  89 points

Teri: Light peach nose with heavy minerality. This overall Chardonnay is balanced in both mineral and fruit. I taste some lemon/orange along with almond and a hint of flint. It is easy drinking with bold enjoyable flavors. 89 points