Napa Valley, CA
“95% organic”; 13.9% ABV
$6 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 30 Sept
This is a pretty nice wine for the money. Although it is a Napa Chardonnay, a species I have often disdained, this is not a heavy, buttery, oaky wine. It’s a little disjointed at first, but it smooths out and integrates pretty quickly after opening. Then it shows elegant flavors of ripe yellow apple, pear, lower-acid lemon, floral vanilla, and in the finish, a little yellow peach and perhaps a touch more oak than I would prefer. The body is medium full, not overwhelming.
The second night, the wine is a little lighter in body and more delicate and “liquidy,” with the flavors maybe a little less intense but otherwise much the same. Still quite nice. On both nights, I preferred it a bit warmed from fridge temperature, to emphasize the fruit over the acid. If you’re in the Anything But Chardonnay club, you may not like this wine, as I thought it was quite typical of the California version, but if not, I think it’s good for the money.