This Russian River Valley Chard has a beautiful gold sheen to it. The nose is floral and full of citrus. Lemons, lime and vanilla bean all hit me. On the palate it is very rich and warm. The citrus theme continues but I note popcorn and honeysuckle join the fray. The mid palate is full bodied with a nice mouthfeel. I am enjoying the citrus without too much acidic cut. I was looking forward to a somewhat fuller wine and this one hits all the notes. The finish is crisp and clean with a core of marzipan to go alongside the refreshing fruit flavors of lemon, lime and green apple. Judicious oak use is noted and appreciated. I am pan searing some King Salmon to go with Battata Harra, a spicy Middle Eastern potato dish- I think the weight of this Chardy will go well with the fish and stand up to the fiery spices of the side dish. 91 points from me and 5 stars for this $16 wine. Drink till 2028. Salut….
It’s got a really bright yellow/gold color in the glass. The nose has butterscotch, green apple and melon. The palate is full bodied with a nice round mouthfeel. Apples, pear and some lemon interlaced with a touch of acidity open up for me on the palate. The mid palate is very smooth with more of the same flavors coming forth. I get some nutty notes and caramel on the back end along with the pear and apple melange. It’s quite a complex wine, punching way above its $14 price point. I am thoroughly enjoying it. The mouthfeel is great, the fruit is prominent, the acidity is apparent without cutting too much and the whole package rolls off the palate very nicely. 91 points from me and a 5 stars for sure. If you like Chardonnay, stock up on this one. Drink till 2024. Salut….
This is the second go at this Pouilly-Fuissé. It is tasty as before and has evolved somewhat with new flavors evident.
Light gold in the glass. Pineapple, white peach and honeycomb on the nose. The palate is round with notes of almond, pineapple, melon and that honey twist. The mid palate is plump with nice honeyed tones, some lemon marmalade, a waxy component and lanolin. The finish is quite long and pleasing. There is a touch of lingering acidity but it doesn’t cut, the rounder mouthfeel is evident and very pleasant. It lacks much minerality, focusing more on fruit flavors with a touch of wood influence. 91 points and for $40, a great intro to Burgundy and the hallowed Chardonnay. Drink this 4 star effort till 2027. Salut….
This was the first wine of my Second Lockdown Virtual Tasting. It was the only white in the lineup, so it had to be a Chardonnay from California. I instructed everyone to chill half the bottle and reserve the other half at room temperature. We were going to do an experiment.
The wine is a nice golden color in the glass. The nose of the chilled wine had pear, apple and citrus notes. On the palate it followed the theme with some nice acidity. The finish was decent in length and showed off that Apple/pear combo nicely. I had researched whether this wine had undergone Malolactic fermentation but could not find proof from any literature, except to assume it had as the winery mentioned one other Chard in their portfolio that specifically did not go through Malo. The wine was quite sharp and lacked the telltale butter notes of the secondary fermentation, I’m baffled.
Anyways- we then tried the same wine at room temp. Huge differences with flavors and mouthfeel. The experiment worked, the point being that most pros taste whites at room temperature and we needed to see the differences. Besides the fuller body it included less citrus, more pear and apple, alongside a touch of baking spices. The wine drank beautifully for me and I gave it 91 points. I would pair it with summer salad, prawn cocktail or blackened Salmon and drink till 2026. $20 gets it 5 stars. Salut….
A medium shade of yellow in the glass. Pears, citrus and wildflower nectar greet me on the nose. A very fresh and yet layered first impression. On the palate it is a touch buttery, which I like as it’s not overdone. Crisp acidity from lemon, some Bartlett pear and a green melon all hit me on the palate. It’s got a really nice balance between the acidity and bold fruity flavors. The mid-palate is a very linear channel to the finish. It simply carries the same flavors and allows the juiciness to permeate the whole palate. The finish is long, tasty and refreshing. There is an abundance of fruit on the back end that carries that lemony component and introduces some oak influence- vanilla and popcorn. I like the way this wine teases the palate with some hints of big time oak but waits until the very end to actually show some of it off, interesting indeed. I really like this wine, it’s relatively lightweight to drink by itself but I would pair it with Cobb salad, Blackened Salmon or grilled veggies. 90 points from me and 5 stars for this $16 rocker. Drink till 2024. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass, but interesting to look at. The nose has lemon zest, walnuts, . The palate is fresh, not cutting. I get a citrus component and pineapple. It’s very tasty and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is light and bright, not much acidity and no cloying oak. It’s a wine made for easy foods, appetizers or a poolside quaff. 88 points but a real treat at $14. 3 stars. Salut..
Bright yellow/gold in the glass, a stunning color. On the nose- creme brûlée, yellow apple, almond shavings… super complex. The palate brings me back to reality. Apple, pineapple and a nice acidic bite transition me to a midpalate of waxy apple, nutmeg and pineapple. The finish has me wondering what is making my gums feel dry. Acidity is on pointe and the creme brûlée reappears. Fantastic wine. 93 points and for $55 I have to go with 5 stars. It’s not for everyday, cellar a bottle or two and open on a special occasion- mine was Thanksgiving. Salut….
It’s a medium gold in the glass with a nose of pear, apricot and banana. The palate is tasty, with nice flavors of that pear, some citrus by way of grapefruit and some lanolin. The mid palate has some weight, with silky smooth popcorn notes along with the fruit. Acidity is lithe and balanced. It makes the wine refreshing without too much cut. The finale’ has more of that pear fruit meets lemon with a decent length finish that has me wondering how good this is going to be with the roasted Cornish Hens I am grilling. 91 points. I paid $20, but it lists for up to $50, this is a 4 star effort at the first price. Drink till 2027. Salut….
Medium shade of gold in the glass. The nose has definitely got butter. Marzipan, banana and lemon peel also feature. On the palate it is very round, tasty and full bodied. That marzipan comes back at me with lemon, beeswax and oak staves. The mid palate shows some citrus and floral components that move on to the finish. I get almost a tannic bite right at the end- interesting. Very easy to drink without a huge dose of acidity. It’s a nice aperitif and will pair well with my grilled hens and bacon draped Brussel sprouts. 89 points and 5 stars if you like this style of oaky Chard that sells for $14. Drink now. Salut….$14