Arrowflite 2013 Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast, CA; 13.9% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 Jan

Arrowflite_2013_ChardonnayThis wine’s nice appearance in label and color had me hopeful it would be good, enticing me to buy at a slightly higher price for a GO white.  However, IMO it’s better left on the shelf.

On first pour, the wine shows a nice but unexceptional nose.  Especially when warmed a bit from fridge temperature, the palate opens nicely with fairly complex flavors of yellow apple, yellow / white pear and melon, gently viscous, slightly buttery with supporting oak, mostly hidden hints of green fruit (green grape / green apple / lime).  Unfortunately, over time, it becomes more simple and the finish becomes a bit roughly woody.  On the first night, it’s a little questionable but drinkable.

The next day, the rest in the bottle has significantly deteriorated.  The fruit is more heavy, simple, tart and bitterly oaky, especially in the finish.  This second-day flop pushes this wine over to Thumbs Down.

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One thought on “Arrowflite 2013 Chardonnay

  1. BargainWhine Post author

    About 4 cases of this wine had re-appeared at the Richmond store upon my visit today. I thought I had reviewed and older vintage and got another bottle. Returning home and finding this review, I opened my bottle to cook with. However, unlike the bottle reviewed above, this one is (1) a dollar cheaper at $7 and (2) quite delicious. It’s like a different wine. The nose was immediately enticing, with typical Chardonnay ripe yellow apple. It had a weird ripeness to it that I could easily imagine turning into the wine I described above. However, it instead evolved into a lovely Sonoma Chardonnay with almost honeyed ripe (but not over-ripe) yellow apple and some balancing green apple, in a supple, elegant body. I’ll update this if this bottle is substantially different the next day, but I expect it’ll be fine. Has anyone out there tried this wine? Was (were) your bottle(s) more like my first or second?

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