2009 Painted Gate Sonoma County Chardonnay $5.99

Silverdale, WA    14.2% alc.     (purchased on 7/15/13)

IMG_1079Brilliant medium golden color; buttery nose with hints of banana, but an underlying hard-to-define green or herbal quality.  In the mouth it’s very light and soft in texture with o.k. acidity.  It sort of disappears at mid-palate, leaving a thin, watery impression.  Flavors aren’t bad, showing oak, butter, vanilla, grapefruit and none of the green qualities I found in the nose.  Finish is slightly bitter with a bit of heat.  Flavors are the best part of this Chardonnay, but that’s not saying much as it’s somewhat one dimensional and lacking richness.  And too much wood for me.

I had a tough time time finding any information on line about the “winery”.  Back label says it’s in Hopland (Mendocino  County).  CellarTracker lists the 2008 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but no notes on the Chard.  I found one bit of information suggesting the wine is part of the V2 Wine Group in Sonoma, but it shows nowhere on their website.  Perhaps they sold off the brand and dumped everything on GO?


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