Rattlesnake Hills AVA, WA; 13.8% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 29 Jan
After the Kennedy Shah 2007 Merlot was so good, I was eager to try this 2011 Chardonnay from the same producer. The label, bottle, and price of this wine were also nice (although slightly oddly, there was no capsule over the top of the bottle), so I probably would have gotten one anyway. This wine was nowhere near as exciting as the Merlot, but tolerably drinkable for the price.
The wine showed typical Chardonnay fruit of riper yellow and green apple, and lemon, in a clean, elegant taste, with tasty acid bordering on crisp. It seemed like there was no oak. However, to me at least, my bottle was marred by a slight sulfur / banana sort of flavor that never really aired out. It’s not that strong, and may be entirely acceptable in a $4 wine that is otherwise quite nice. We finished the bottle, so it wasn’t that bad.