Badge Rancho Santa Rosa Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

$30.00 $14.99
Save $15.01
Item No. 102552
  • white wine
  • ST90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Winemaker's Notes

The fruit for Bruno's BADGE Chardonnay comes from Rancho Santa Rosa, in the STA. Rita Hills appellation. To achieve the great balance in this wine, Bruno aged it partially in French oak barrel and partially in stainless steel. To keep the wine light, so that it dances on the tongue, he gave it partial malolactic acid fermentation. This blending of three different ways to age a wine and finish its flavor resulted in a wine that has a touch of oak, a little bit of body, and a light crispness generally not seen in Chardonnay. Whether you drink this wine alone, or pair it with food, it's an equally enjoyable treat. With lemony notes and a touch of sweet citrus rind, this Chardonnay has great balance, and a long finish. It pairs well with textural seafoods, such as crab, shrimp, or lobster. So cook up a batch of the old-fashioned crab cakes and let the wine flow!

Critical Acclaim

"Yellow-gold. Explosively aromatic nose offers an impressive array of oak-spiced pit fruit and yellow plum scents, along with suave vanilla and cured meat. Broad but impressively restrained, offering sweet peach and apricot flavors and bracing acidity. Plays richness against energy smoothly, finishing with serious cling. A big boy, and in need of rich sauces or pungent cheeses."
90 Points

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Joseph Carter - Haltom City, TX (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/23/2010)
I have to defend this wine after the previous review. Maybe she had a bad bottle but this is a deliecious Chardonnay and I usually don't like them, but prefer SBs. Not too oaky, smooth and somewhat crisp. Buying some more right now.
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Rating:
(9/16/2010)
Had to pour it down the sink. Perhaps too old? Wasted my money this time.
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leejayb - Marina Del Rey, CA (read all my reviews)

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(8/22/2011)
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A famous winemaker in Santa Barbara County, Bruno has been making Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese under his DiBruno label since 1996. In 2005, he added Pinot Noir to his personal portfolio, under the BADGE label.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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