Le Baron Ranch 2013 “Hop Station” Chardonnay

California; 13.1% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 18 Dec

LeBaronRanch_2013_ChardHopStationI recalled liking previous wines from Le Baron Ranch, so I thought this Chardonnay from them would be a good bet.  I’m actually not so enthusiastic.  Apparently, I liked the 2009 bottling a bit better.

This wine started out with strong tropical fruit flavors of papaya, mango, and golden kiwi, with the usual Chardonnay slightly buttery yellow apple in the background.  This all sounds pretty good, but toward the end of the taste, these flavors meld into a sort of unpleasant mustiness associated with the oak.

The next day, the wine is more integrated, with the yellow apple more prominent, but the flavors are much the same, except perhaps adding a slightly spoiled taste in the finish.  I feel like this slightly weird wine is on the lower end of Drinkable.

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3 thoughts on “Le Baron Ranch 2013 “Hop Station” Chardonnay

  1. RockRat

    I never liked the 2009 bottling; to me even it had the weirdness you describe in this bottling. Since it was being sold for $7.99, I gave it a personal QPR adjusted Thumbs Down.

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  2. timmuggs

    I tried this, and it’s not bad. My impression was it’s almost watery, not a lot of flavor and no complexity. But for the price it’s ok to have some to serve at the end of a party when no one can taste much anymore anyway. This is my 1st posting on grossoutwine, and I want to say thank you to all the good posters on this site. And, as we are approaching the Oscar ceremonies, thanks to all the ladies in the costume department as well.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi timmuggs and welcome! Thanks for joining the commentariat here and sharing your opinion of this wine. Do you actually buy wines with the strategy that later wines at a party don’t need to be as good? 🙂 It may be a reasonable thing to do, for all a stick-in-the-mud like me knows.

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