Sonoma Coast, CA; 13.4% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 10 Feb
After Lim13 liked the Banshee 2011 Pinot Noir, I jumped on this recent arrival. Although I do find it slightly odd, it’s pretty tasty Chardonnay for the money.
The bottle is closed with a long, solid cork (i.e., not pieces glued together). The wine shows moderately rich flavors of lemon, yellow apple / pear, golden kiwi, a tinge of green apple, and some grape skin / yeast / funky oak. The flavors are not terribly well integrated in this young wine, but the wine is agreeably complex, delineated, and substantial. I find that yeasty oak aspect a little off-putting, but it doesn’t detract tremendously from what is otherwise a nice wine for the money, and I suppose it’s possible the wine is still just a little young. Middling Thumbs Up.