Just for my faithful readers, I tasted three oaky California chardonnay:
Ramey: This is a very expensive bottle. I tasted two different bottles; one that had been opened for two days, the other freshly opened. My impressions on the first one:
Rich, buttery, creamy…great butterscotch and dried pineapple.
The just-opened bottle was a little more subtle, which is a good sign.
Long Vineyards: a little bitter, less balanced that the Ramey. Some burning tannins; you can feel it in your gums
Vine Cliff: subtle oak…not much on the nose,but nice and smooth…a good bargain… nice peach flavor…credit the subtle oak.