Toasted Head Chardonnay 2011
California, United States
Natalie's Score: 88/100
Community Score: 4.4/5 Community Reviews: 6
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Product #: 594341
Wine Type: White Wine
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Toasted Head
Agent: Constellation Brands Inc.
More Vintages: 2007 2006 2008
Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: September 11, July 26, September 12 and March 7. Toasted Head Chardonnay 2011 Wine Review
A lusciously rich and full-bodied white with enticing aromas of butterscotch, peach and pear. Generously oaked, but it's in balance and creates a terrific voluptuous mouth-feel. Perfect for roast chicken or corn on the cob. This Toasted Head Chardonnay 2011 was reviewed by January 3, 2013 Natalie MacLean
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Opinions about wine differ greatly as the experience is subjective. You may find it helpful to compare this critical evaluation of the wine with mine as well as your own:
Heather Wall Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review: No apologies for this full-on California chardonnay. Beautiful, brilliant golden yellow. Medium body. Luscious and ripe tropical fruit, vanilla, toast with butter, peach, citrus and blossoms. I get all of this on the nose and the palate. I prefer medium body chardonnay like Toasted Head a little less chilled. I feel the nuances in the wine come a little more to life. Enjoyed with double cream brie but I've also enjoyed with Coconut Cream pie. Decadent!
Darlene Myers rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: I used to be an all Red wine drinker, until I tried this wine and one other. This was how I discovered how wonderful white wines can be as well. Anyone who knows me, know I rave about the Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon, and I enjoy it on a regular basis. This is another Toasted Head that I can't stop raving about. Smooth like butter is what comes to mind. Smooth and with tastes of vanilla and the toasty oak that this brand is known for. I think it adds scrumptious flavour when a vineyard toasts the barrel staves to impart that mellow toasty flavour.
Drink Wine and Giggle Gals rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: Toasted Head is named for the toasting of barrel heads that makes a wine taste...um...toasted. The fire-breathing bear on label was inspired by the William Carpenter poem Speaking Fire At Stones in which "Every one of these stones contains a bear. You just have to burn it free." The owners of Toasted Head winery have a gift for metaphor and read poetry--the Drink Wine and Giggle Gals are impressed. If it were a poem, Toasted Head Chardonnay would be a decent love sonnet that butters you up, but not too much. We'll definitely follow Darlene Myers' advice and sample the poetry of Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sara M WSET Advanced reviewed this wine as follows: A well-structured Chardonnay with a bountiful bouquet of lemon, butter and toast. Full-bodied and smooth, with a long finish. Pairs well with smoked chicken, pork tenderloin or sipping by the fire on a cold winter's night!
This brilliant, golden-straw-colored Chardonnay opens with bright and delicate aromas of pears, citrus and what can only be described as apple blossoms, followed by flavors of pear, lemon, toasty coconut and hints of peach, pineapple and cinnamon. Barrel fermentation and aging on the lees contribute a creamy mouthfeel and our hallmark toasty finish. This wine tastes great with poultry, seafood in a lemon-butter sauce, creamy pasta or an onion cream tart. Source: Winery
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Serve Toasted Head Chardonnay 2011 between 55-60 degrees Farenheit or 12-16 degrees Celsius. Tip: If your bottle is at room temperature, put it in ice water for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for about three hours to chill it.
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