06 Sep Cloud Break Chardonnay
Wine Ratings & Awards – Cloud Break Chardonnay ($10+)
Grape Certified Gold Medal White Wine – 2014, 2015, 2016
90+ Points – Robert Parker of Wine Advocate, Decanter
Best Cheap Wine of the Year – 2014, 2015, 2016
Best Wines Under $10, Best Wines Under $20 – 2014, 2015, 2016
Wine Review – Cloud Break Chardonnay
As one of the eight most popular grape varietals, it shouldn’t be hard to find an affordable and delicious Chardonnay, but like many wines, finding the right white wine can be hit and miss. Chardonnay is an incredibly versatile wine because it can be refreshing on a hot spring or summer day, while also being the perfect complement to an intricate, multi-course meal. You may recall our fascination with Cloud Break wines from our previous review of the Cloud Break Sauvignon Blanc but the brand continues to be a shining example of consistently delicious and cheap wines. And while Cloud Break Wines may not knock your socks off, the combination of flavor and price should certainly knock your shoes off. As previously reviewed, their Sauvignon Blanc serves as a conversion wine for those who aren’t yet fans of white wine, and it has yet to fail in that regard.
A multitude of flavors, including juicy tropical fruits like pineapple, hints of toasted oak from the barrel-aging process, and ripe apples and vanilla, make this not only a delicious white wine but an incredibly refreshing option when you just wanna sunbath or Netflix and chill.
The beauty of this white wine is its varietal consistency, similar to last weeks red wine recommendation, the 2016 Catena Malbec. Year after year Cloud Break wines pass with flying flavors, and their Chardonnay is no exception. No matter the year, we believe you’re going to enjoy the Cloud Break Chardonnay. Look for and grab a bottle of this vintage if it’s still available. Can’t find the 2014? The 2015 Catena Malbec carries on the tradition of previous vintages, and we’re confident you’ll enjoy it just as much. And don’t sleep on the 2016 Catena Malbec, which is another shining example of how consistent Catena wines are.
Some simple pairing suggestions include TheGrape’s Grilled Salmon recipe. Do you have a favorite pasta recipe with white sauce? This wine will only make your meal that much more enjoyable. Thanksgiving is around the corner, so if you plan on roasting or smoking a turkey, the cloud Break Chardonnay will complement that perfectly.
This is our go to wine for both home (everyday chardonnay) and for events (parties & fundraisers)... If you want bang for your buck - look no further. -- Total Wine 5-Star Review
Now that you’re hip to the game, we suggest you stock up on this, cheap, yet incredibly delicious, California white wine because it routinely sells out, like the brands other wines. The Cloud Break Chardonnay is crafted to drink today, tomorrow and whenever the mood calls for a refreshing glass of white wine. In the grape vintages to come, we fully expect future Cloud Break wines to be as good in future vintages as they have been in years past, if not better, so we suggest you grab at least a ½ case, or 6 bottles, of this diamond in the rough.
Wine: Cloud Break Chardonnay ($10+)
Wine Region: California Wine Country – Various vineyards
Wine Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Style: Fruity & Refreshing
Food & Wine Pairing: Easy Wild Salmon Recipe
We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine recommendation. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy, the Cloud Break Chardonnay, today’s The Grape Certified white wine recommendation, but were excited for you to try it with our food and wine recommendations! If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. We’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday wine recommmendations. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and at www.thegrape.com. Cheers!
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Cloud Break Chardonnay
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold Medal
The Cloud Break Chardonnay delivers on the two most important factors: price and taste. For under $10 you'd be hard pressed to find a more deliciously consistent white wine. Utilizing both barrel and stainless steel fermentation, there is a balance of tropical fruit flavors that is as sophisticated as it is refreshing. Get up, right now, and go grab as many bottles of this Gold Medal winning bottle of wine as your arms can carry.