Silverdale 14.2% alc. (Purchased on 9/24/14)
58% Napa County 42% Sonoma County Brilliant medium golden…shimmers and shines in the glass. No excess of oak at first whiff and for me, that’s a really good sign. Then I get very light oak, pineapple and some citrusy lemon and lime; none of the vanilla, caramel or buttery qualities associated with big, rich, oaky Chards. In the mouth I’m getting a touch of residual sugar and/or intense fruit on the front of the tongue, but it’s cut nicely with zingy acidity. Flavors show more pineapple, lemon and a hint of white peach. Some caramel flavors do show in the finish. Simple, fruit forward, uncomplicated, tasty; a quaffer and somewhat similar to the entry level Kendall-Jackson Chardonnays.
This wine appears to retail in the $11-$13 range. I had a 2002 Artesa Carneros Pinot Noir some years ago that retailed for around $12. It too was simple, but pretty tasty. Apparently Artesa was started as Codorniu Napa by the parent company from Spain…in the Napa Carneros. Here’s a brief synopsis from Wine Enthusiast and here’s the Artesa homepage. Looks like a showplace winery.