Montebaldo 2012 Chardonnay

Delle Venezie IGT, Italy; 12% ABV; screw cap
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 13 Apr

Montebaldo_2012_ChardI had been eying this for a while, wondering what to expect from a greenish-tinged Chardonnay from northeast Italy.  During the sale, I finally got a bottle.

On its first night open, the wine showed only a little of Chardonnay’s usual yellow apple, instead dominated by acid of green apple and lemon.  I found it a bit too acid for drinking on its own, and it didn’t go much better with the squid I made for dinner.  So far, I think it would be okay if you wanted a lean and acid wine, perhaps to go with raw oysters, but otherwise there are better choices for less.  I’d say that if you want a Chardonnay, try the Whiplash, and if you want a tasty green acid-dominated wine, try the Barrymore Pinot Grigio.  Both are still around for $4 each.

However, the wine was more pleasant the next day, becoming more recognizably Chardonnay: more yellow apple, the green apple seems riper, a little nuttiness (from oak?), still probably better with the appropriate food, such as white fish.  It’s still not something I’m all that excited about, but if you like the Italian style of crisp whites, it’s decently elegant and tasty.


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