I am experimenting tonight with sous vide Salmon. Never cooked it this way before and I’m finishing it with a cilantro and garlic butter so I needed a full bodied, rich white. Orin Swift makes delicious reds which are powerful, extracted and definitely high on the alcohol side of things so I figured I would give their white a try. It is a deep gold color in the glass and shows a watery sheen on the sides which does not indicate a thing about the monster 15% ABV which I noticed on the label. The nose has pronounced lemon and lime aromas alongside hazelnuts, green apple, cut grass (strange aroma for this varietal), a touch of toast and butter. The palate is classic west coast Chard. Buttery, rich, full bodied, citrusy with a hint of that chardonnay yeastiness aka bakers spice. The acidity is on the lower end of the spectrum but the wine is definitely bold, with big fruit flavors and plenty of mouthfeel. The finish is decent in length and the malolactic notes (toast, butter, brioche) really feature on the back end. This wine is 5 years old and is drinking nicely now but will potentially cellar till 2027. I think the pairing will work nicely as would roast game hens, Paella or Gumbo. $32 gets you a bottle of this 91 point wine. 5 stars but beware the well hidden alcohol, it will sneak up! Salut….