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COCHON Chardonnay  “Les Collines d’Or” Russian River Valley  Sonoma County 2016

Retail Price: $35

Value Rating: 2.5

Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: April 20, 2018
Cases Produced: 150

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 89

Good Value


Cochon Wineries’ first foray into Chardonnay. This is a “little bit of everything not too much of anything” style. Subtle yet unmistakable “Chardonnay flavors” of honeydew melon, fresh pear, lemon custard, hazelnut, sweet butter and wheat toast here, with a jasmine/rocky component too. Nice, rounded texture, medium acidity and low oak. I find this an exceptional “food wine” because no one component particularly jumps out, but it’s all there.

I highly recommend you get to know the three labels under the Cochon “umbrella.” They are Cochon, Odisea and Élevé. They are all made by, and co-owned by, Adam Webb. The number of wines they make is too long to list (I count 19 wines on a current tasting sheet from their wine bar). While I think the number of wines could be decreased to improve brand focus (Adam agrees and is trying to cut a few labels), I’m impressed that wine quality doesn’t seem to suffer because of this. Anyway, take a look at Cochon website and make a trip to Sonoma to taste in their wine bar. Speaking of which…

Members of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor are VIPs at Cochon Wines. Members receive up to two complimentary wine-flights per visit (one flight for Member, one for Member’s guest). See the Winery VIP Tastings Page for more information and all participating wineries.

Here are all the Cochon wines reviewed on Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor

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