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89 • Algodon Wine Estates 2008 Reserva, Chardonnay, San Rafael $13.99. Best Buy.
Golden straw color. Super rich and creamy creme brulee and graham cracker aromas follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with delicate dried pineapple, yellow plum, and coconut shaving notes. Finishes with a toasty apple strudel accented fade. A lush, hedonistic, oak driven chardonnay with surprising balance. (tasted on Feb-15-2010)
87 • Alta Vista 2008 Classic, Chardonnay, Mendoza $13. Best Buy.
Aromas of floral honeyed papaya, lemon curd, and pineapple jelly follow through on a soft, shy entry to a dry, light-to-medium body with tart citrus peel and grass notes. Finishes with crisp, apple juice and earth accented fade. Reminiscent of Austrian chardonnay; a nice dry table wine for scallops. (tasted on Feb-15-2010)
86 • Bodegas San Huberto 2008 Reserva, Chardonnay, La Rioja $12.99. Best Buy.
Straw gold color. Aromas of toasty coconut and grilled pineapple follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish medium body with apple pie crust, lemon curd, and nutty oak spice notes. Finishes with a breezy, tannin kissed fade. (tasted on Feb-15-2010)
86 • Bodegas San Huberto 2009 Chardonnay, La Rioja $8.99. Best Buy.
Straw color. Subtle aromas of pineapple, caramel apples and cream have a hint of cedar follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dryish medium body with good balance. Finishes with a crisp, citrus and mineral accented fade. A nice and dry table wine. (tasted on Feb-15-2010)
81 • Bodega Bombal & Aldao 2008 Chardonnay, San Rafael $10.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of caramelized apples and pears and sautéed lemon follow through on a brisk, soft entry to a dry light-to-medium body with balsa and earth notes. Finishes with a tart, slightly acidic honeyed lemon tea fade. A bit sloppy. (tasted on Feb-15-2010)