North Coast (Mendocino Cty), CA; 14.1% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 22 August
This wine, with a vintage, a regional designation, a nice label and bottle (increasingly rare at the GO these days), looked pretty good, and the price was right. It’s an unusual Chardonnay, but a pretty good white wine.
While there is a recognizable amount of the typical Chardonnay yellow and green apple, with a little lemon / lime, the full-bodied palate is dominated by yellow and some green melon, a rich minerality, white of the melon rind, and a creamy vanilla / oak. In a rough analogy, Viognier is to the 2006 Jake-Ryan Napa Viognier (an unusual Viognier) as Chardonnay is to this wine.
For anyone interested, here is the producer’s web site. The notes there say: “Offering up delicate notes of citrus, ripe Anjou pear and warm baked apples, this wine finishes beautifully with hints of vanilla and measured oak.” If anyone sees the Epilogue Red (a Bordeaux-style blend), please let me know.