2011 Butternut Chardonnay California

I love Pinot and Chardonnay – especially from the Russian River region.   My favorite Chardonnays have touched some oak, yet still have lots of fruit coming through.   A few people have asked me for Chardonnays that compare to Rombauer because Rombauer is getting increasingly difficult to find, and is at a higher price point.   Rombauer is big, rich, buttery, oaky and creamy.

Enter the Butternut.   This wine smells like butter and caramel.   From the nose, I can’t tell what fruit notes are in there!   But after a sip, I definitely taste some apple and pear.   Very rich, with a toasty, creamy, green apple finish.   I prefer Lynmar, Landmark, or C. Donatiello Chardonnay but if you love the Rombauer style Chardonnay you will love this!  Give it a try with lobster rolls.

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$16.00/bottle at Whole Foods