Silverdale, WA 13.9% alc. (Purchased on 2/25/14)
This wine has been around at my GO for quite a while, but I couldn’t pull the trigger. It’s all a matter of timing. Brilliant medium golden color. Slightly closed nose shows more fruit than oak (which I like); spiced apple and banana aromas. In the mouth it’s soft and silky, yet shows excellent citrusy acidity; flavors are somewhat a conundrum in that I’m getting the typically varietal tropical fruit flavors of more banana, mango and pineapple, but also the unexpected stone fruit flavors of apricot and peach. Quite tasty.
BW reviewed the 2010 version of this wine (with different label) here. I find some descriptor similarities, particularly in BW’s second day perceptions and that vintage’s back label notes indicating “mango, papaya, and ripe peach” (which doesn’t appear on the back label of this vintage). Maybe the labels were inadvertently switched? : ~) Anyway, this is a version of Chardonnay that I could find enjoyable on a somewhat regular basis. Apparently Steve Heimoff of Wine Enthusiast enjoyed it too. And while he cites the price at $14, other web sites show it at an average of $10. Five bucks at my WA state GO is a darn good price. Tried this one, flitcraft? Seems like it might be right up your alley.