Long Street Winery Chardonnay, Sonoma County Review

I really liked this. Sometimes I like a good Chardonnay that isn’t too much of anything and which lets the fruit shine. This was that.

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

Chardonnay, Sonoma County
Chardonnay, Sonoma County: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: 2020 Chardonnay, Sonoma County
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Sonoma County, California
Retail price: $20
I consumed it: May 2023
My source: Vinesse Chardonnay Club

The Back Label

Chardonnay, Sonoma CountyBack Label

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From this wine club: Vinesse Chardonnay Club

From this winery: Long Street Winery

Region: Sonoma, California

Wine color/style: White wine

Grape variety or blend: Chardonnay

Tasting notes: Balanced, White fruit

Other characteristics: Food-friendly

Chardonnay, Sonoma County: What I think

Long Street Winery is a bit of a mystery. There is ample evidence of their wines for sale on Cellar Tracker, Vivino, and even Wine.com, but they don’t have their own website. I received this bottle via the Vinesse Chardonnay wine club and they have a tendency to score great deals on close-out wines or wineries that are going under. Long Street is not in Vinesse’s parent company’s (Vintage Wine Estates) brand portfolio.

One of the things that makes a wine great, especially one that’s to be consumed when it’s warm out, is that it has a consistent taste at a variety of temperatures. Cheap wines often taste better cold (the cold masks their flaws) and very little wine tastes good at room temperature, so most wines need to taste good somewhere in between. This one was good everywhere in between.

I liked it! This was a nice, solid Chardonnay. It was well-balanced, round but not buttery, structured but not oaky, and had a touch of creaminess. The alcohol wasn’t especially perceptible and the wine was just the right amount of bright (acidic). The fruit was clean and apparent — I’m calling it "white fruit mix" like the Dole fruit cups but without the sugary bits.

Last updated: December 17, 2023

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