North Coast, California; 13.7% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 24 Oct
After the delicious Hart & McGarry 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, I thought I’d try their Chardonnay, too. I was not as wowed by this wine, but I thought it was still pretty good for the money.
The wine needs a little bit of air (just from what gets into the bottle when you pour out some wine) to show a somewhat unusual and interesting Chardonnay. An elegantly long, delineated taste starts with less-intense, lighter yellow apple and lemon, a richer golden kiwi / yellow grape skin, and a slightly odd but not exactly unpleasant musty cherimoya (a tangy, white-fleshed tropical fruit) / savory oak. It’s in between a ripely heavy Chardonnay and a lean, crisp one. Although when thinking about it, I deemed it perhaps a little strange, I otherwise found myself happily quaffing it, so I have to go with a moderate Thumbs Up.