Vinted & Bottled by AWD Cellars, St. Helena, CA
Purchased: Corvallis, OR 11-6-2014
I previously reviewed the Side by Side Bravery Blend and found it to be a “Drinkable +”. It was a very food friendly wine that was a good price for an easy quaff/every day drinker. It wasn’t notable or spectacular but it was definitely drinkable.
However, regarding this Side by Side California Chardonnay, I do not feel the same.
Firstly, the good point…the label is still very pretty. Oh and the alcohol is relatively non-intrusive.
Color: pale lemon
Nose: Citrus with a hint of banana
Taste: First thing I noticed was the body. It is so not Chardonnay-like. I find it very thin, almost Chianti weight in its body. Flavor-wise, to me, it’s very much like what I’d expect someone’s first attempt at wine making in a garage. Fruit is over the top. Sugars taste higher than I like but it’s mainly a crazy amount of fruit-forwardness. There are no layers. No nuances. This reminds me of the old box wines that people drink just to get a buzz.