Butternut California Chardonnay 2014

$18

Butternut is the newest offering from Tony Leonardini, whose family owns Whitehall Lane.  With premium Chardonnay from Carneros and from western Napa Valley, Tony aged this wine in 100% new French oak, imparting a buttery, nutty roundness to the flavor profile.  At under $20 it totally over-delivers. The 2014 Butternut Chardonnay is a wine that lives up to its name. It has round, creamy notes, hints of hazelnut and a finish that doesn’t want to quit. Grapes from the regions of Carneros and Coombsville in Napa and Santa Lucia and Arroyo Seco in Monterey broaden the flavor profile of Butternut. The wine spent 14 months on 110 percent new French Oak.

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Ratings on Delectable

Caitlyn Schaeffer

Oaky and low, but right on the edge of too sweet. Drink appropriately cold or not at all.

Oaky and low, but right on the edge of too sweet. Drink appropriately cold or not at all.

8.6

Justin Wade

Just ok. Very light nose of citrus and a slight butteryness. Somewhat light taste, citrus, light oak. Very meh.

Just ok. Very light nose of citrus and a slight butteryness. Somewhat light taste, citrus, light oak. Very meh.

8.0

Phillip Antley

Different kind of Chardonnay. Creamy taste of hazelnut and buttery rum and spices. It’s pretty good.

Different kind of Chardonnay. Creamy taste of hazelnut and buttery rum and spices. It’s pretty good.

8.5

Loren Myers

So buttery and delicious!

So buttery and delicious!

9.3

Doug Bennett

Good Chardonnay. Not crazy Oaked, rich and creamy

Good Chardonnay. Not crazy Oaked, rich and creamy

8.7

Christian Pardo

Great apple taste with a light oak and finish with caramel.

Great apple taste with a light oak and finish with caramel.

9.2

Albert Chee

Wow buttery

Wow buttery

9.1

Kevin Carrington

Sweet for a Chardonnay. Initial hint of butter with an acidic finish

Sweet for a Chardonnay. Initial hint of butter with an acidic finish

6.5

Tim Greutert

$10. Some butter and light oak. Hints of vanilla and citrus. Somewhat smooth with a crisp finish. Ok for price but not a go to chard.

$10. Some butter and light oak. Hints of vanilla and citrus. Somewhat smooth with a crisp finish. Ok for price but not a go to chard.

8.8

Amanda Igra

LOVE for the price.

LOVE for the price.

9.5

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.