Wine from Sagemoor Farms’ Dionysus Vineyard, Columbia Valley, WA; 13.5% ABV
Produced and bottled by the House of Independent Producers Winery, Richland, WA. Project of Hedges Family Estate.
$4 at the Oakland, CA, store on 9 Sept. Seen 12 Sept at the Richmond and Berkeley stores for $8.
This wine has a screw cap, which I think of as a plus on a white, and an elaborate label. However, I was disappointed by the wine itself. Its flavors only somewhat resemble what I think of as Chardonnay: perhaps yellow apple but more like yellow melon or light pear; plenty of white of the melon rind leading to green grape skin bitterness, with both fairly crisp acid and a somewhat creamy texture. Flavors not very intense. I have no idea what went into making the wine, but the result tastes like at least some of the grapes were quite green. Perhaps it aimed for a less ripe style like Chablis (as described here for the 2010 bottling), but the Chablis I’ve tasted were more elegant and had a bit more fruit than this effort. The rest of the bottle in the fridge was somewhat better the next day, but not that different. I’ll go with Drinkable for $4 but Thumbs Down for $8.