Disclaimer- I got this bottle from a distributor. They retail for around $23.
My folks were in town and took us out to dinner at this great new seafood place. Mum loves the Chard and we were there for seafood so it made sense to order something white and refreshing. On the nose this wine presents apple, melon and a hint of citrus. Being unoaked I was expecting something really steely, perhaps overly flinty or minerally but this wine was well balanced and did not overstretch itself. Anjou pear, a touch of minerality and some citrus notes were what was on offer. Well balanced and not too acidic. The folks and Moxie don’t like them to cut too much. I enjoyed this wine immensely and my folks raved about it. I think it warrants 89 points and I have found it online for $21, which is shocking considering we only paid $35 at the restaurant. 3 stars and worthy of buying a few for some trout on the grill, perhaps some shrimp scampi. Salut….
Very light yellow with a citrus infused nose of lemons and slate. Fresh and zesty on the palate with lemon, green apple and flint. Very focused and clean. Moxie thought it was too tart but I am enjoying it’s minerality. The wine needs raw clams, steamed shrimp or some Alfredo. 90 points and for $17 it’s a 4 star wine to buy for the summer. Salut….
Pale gold color with long legs in the glass and a nose of apples, pears and honey. The first impression is of a somewhat flabby wine, mouth filling and full of charm. The mid palate comes alive with quince, gooseberries and a touch of vanilla. The acidity is restrained and the wine has a decent finish. Very Cali-styled wine that got 91 points from the pros. I’m just not that into the level of Malolactic fermentation and the weight of the oak used. Some might love this style. I am going with 90 points and for $38 retail it gets 3 stars. I think it needs some fresh fish, perhaps oysters Rockefeller. Salut…..
A friend gave us some of his brother’s homemade wine which I believe comes from Virginia. This wine won a gold in Indianapolis. Since it was a gift and comes without any labelling it is hard to tell much more about it. No pricing either.
Dark yellow, reminiscent of aged Riesling it has a nose of sweet apple, quince and sea air. Initial attack of pear and yellow apples with good mid palate acidity and a decent finish . I don’t sense much oak use and no malolactic fermentation. This is a cutting Chardonnay with a nutty ending. I’m drinking it with some green and black olives, a dab of hummus and some green onions. A good pairing but it begs for oysters or clams on the half though. 88 points. Salut….
On my recent trip to Napa I ended up the Cosentino winery where Moxie and I visited two years ago. Funny thing is she had a broken foot on that trip and I had one on this. I digress. I ended up tasting everything I could get my hands onto and ordering a case of wine to be shipped home- I also joined their mailing list, a first for me.
I was thinking of my parents when I ordered a few bottles of the Chard, which is made from Lodi fruit. They like it crisp, not buttery and certainly not sweet. This one filled all the requirements. Medium gold in color with a nose of fresh citrus, green apples and quince. The first impression is of a medium weight wine with pear, apple and lemon. Not overly worked- this wine has a slight hint of malolactic fermentation and a deft use of oak. Very crafty. Generous mouthfeel and a touch of acidity make it easy to drink. My member pricing was $16. I’m going with 88 points and 4 stars. Time to order more methinks, summer is coming and one needs a constant supply of chilled whites to pop at a moments notice! It will go awesomely with some grilled shrimp, perhaps salmon mousse and cucumbers on melba toast- you get the drift. Salut….
For the past two weekends I have been tinkering on the Big Green Egg, trying to perfect a Turkey so I am ready for Thanksgiving. The first effort was not very good, the recipe was too involved and the timing was not right plus I had to leave the grill alone for most of the afternoon to see my son’s football game. I tried to cook it ‘low and slow’ but it ended up being dry. This past weekend I tried it again, using the standard 325 degree heat, very little wood chunks, and a simple bouquet of herbs shoved up it’s heiny. It worked.
I planned on drinking the Mazilly Pommard with the bird and I opened this Cali Chard up for my folks and Moxie, who prefer white wine. I got in a glass or two myself and was glad I did, this wine is good. Light yellow in color was to be expected, so I delved right into the nose. Lemon zest, melon and yellow apples greeted me right off the bat. Zesty with a hint of steel were on my notes for an initial impression. I then got green apples and melons. A smooth transition to a delightful mid palate left me thinking it was not quite buttery but silky in texture. The wine had a long finish and I gave it 91 points. I paid around $24 at Costco for it and will give it 4 stars. It paired beautifully with the bird. It would also ring with some seafood, perhaps a creamy pasta. Tasty stuff. Salut….
This French appellation has always appealed to me for it’s softer flavors and more rounded mouthfeel. I enjoy steely Chardonnays, mineral edged ones, buttery versions and even over-oaked Cali offerings, yet Pouilly-Fuise is consistently the one style that both Moxie and I enjoy the most. The pale golden color was a good introduction. Pears, apples and green melon on the nose gave an inkling of what lay ahead. A smooth entry with tart yellow apples, citrus, flint, butterscotch and a touch of clove were really confusing my overloaded palate. I wasn’t expecting such a myriad of flavors! A long finish with balance made me really like this wine, 90 points. Turkey, oysters and salmon would pair perfectly with it. $28 and 4 stars for this Burgundian beauty. Salut….
I just returned home from my whirlwind Asian tour to find Moxie fixing up some BBQ chicken and veggies. I decided to try this well known California Chardonnay that I have been saving. Straw yellow in the glass it had a buttery nose of apple and lemon zest. More citrus and cloves on the initial with a marked acidity lurking in the background. Quince on the back end with a long finish which I found quite interesting. The wine appears to have undergone Malolactic fermentation with an oak influence, but it is not overdone. Balanced and bright without the flabbiness usually associated with this style of Cali chardonnay. I picked it up for $18 and give it 89 points. It went well with the Barbecue sauce by the way. I would pair it with seafood all day, it would kill a dozen oysters with ease. The wine sits at 13.5% alcohol, so be careful if you plan on sipping it poolside. A good effort from this well respected winery making it worthy of 4 Stars. Salut….