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Kimmel Four Blocks Collection Chardonnay 2012

Kimmel Four Blocks 2012 ChardonnayWine of the Month Club, January 2015, $20 Kimmel Vineyards Website, $19

Aaron: There were tons of fruit and kiwi on this tropical chard.  Melon and pineapple on the nose make it much brighter than I would expect while some crisp apples and peach were a bit tart.  The flavor is very different than the nose (though I like the nose more) and features more stones and bitter, tiny thorns.  88 points

Teri: I normally love unoaked chardonnays, but this one just didn’t sit right with me. I agree with Aaron, the smell is delightful (tropical fruits and pineapple) but the taste just didn’t follow. Overall the flavor is light, acidic, and crisp but has a tart and slightly bitter undertone. Hints of lemon mixed with some green apple and a hint of peach is refreshing but with a slight pucker. 87 points from me. The tannins and the tartness aren’t quite right for a higher rating on this one.


Steelbird Smoking Loon Unoaked Chardonnay 2012

Steelbird Smoking Loon Unoaked Chard. BevMo, $6.99

Total Wine & More, $5.99

Aaron:  This features a very light nose with just some subtle lemon.  The flavor was nice, a little bitter but good and overall more refreshing than full.  I could have used a little more “something”.  88 points

Teri: I found it funny that I actually tasted oak on in this wine, even though it is an unoaked chardonnay. Overall this bottle is pretty standard with nothing really standing out. Not much smell and a general, buttery, lemon flavor that lingers into a medium finish (that to me tasted a little oaky).  This is a standard bottle that makes a nice quick grab and go for dinner parties or an evening in. 87 points

Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

Joel Gott Chardonnay 2013Joel Gott Website,

Total Wine & More, $13.99

BevMo, $12.99

Joel Gott Chard Fact Sheet

Aaron: A cold metal and stone engulfed apricots on the nose of this very buttery wine.  Flavors of green leaves and light berries interacted in the smooth creaminess and the medium body made this pleasant though not overly spectacular.  89 points

Teri: This unoked Chardonnay has the pleasant smell of buttery crackers matching the buttery lemon-grass and green apple flavors in the bottle. The finish is medium in length and creates a lasting mineral rich fruit flavor. 90 points

Unruly Chardonnay 2012

BevMo, $11.95Unruly Chardonnay 2012

Unruly Website

Aaron:  Apricots crushed on cold metal and stone floods the nostrils.  The buttery flavor was expected and some green leaves and light berries make this medium bodied white pretty good.  Easy to throw in with a mild dish in a pinch.  90 points

Teri: I have a soft spot for unoaked chardonnays and the bright fruit flavors they bring. This one had a lemon peach smell with light but savory flavors of ripe peach, nectarine, and pineapple. Fantastic long finish and full flavor. 90 points