Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 7/26/13)
We’ve had a real drought of decent white wines other than Chardonnay at my local GO’s…so I found myself springing for another Chardonnay. What happened to all the great New Zealand (and other southern hemisphere) bargain Sauv Blancs we used to find? This wine comes from the Michael Mondavi Family. I’ve had some pretty decent Hangtime Chards and Pinots at regular retail in the past and this one’s still not too bad.
Brilliant pale golden with a nose of banana, lightly oaky spice and lime zest. In the mouth there’s a very slight sweetness (more from the fruit than from residual sugar) on the front of the tongue, restrained, but noticeable oak and some tropical fruit flavors. Light toasty quality on the short finish. This is a very soft, wispy, uncomplicated, but fairly flavorful, easy-drinking Chardonnay. There’s little richness or texture here and it could use a bit more acidity for my taste, but at four bucks it’s not bad. For Chardonnay fans who aren’t into big wood this might just work. It’s likely a better deal if our CA friends can find it for a buck less. I must admit…it does have a two buck Chuck quality.