Produced & bottled by Twin Palms Vineyard
Purchased: Corvallis OR, GO 4-16-2015
It’s interesting. I clicked on this morning to add my review of this wine and saw Flitcraft’s comment: “I’ll be interested in your review for the Twin Palms Chardonnay. We thought it pretty restrained by Napa Chardonnay standards. It definitely has some oak, but in good balance with the fruit. It’s not sweet or vanilla-y, and was actually food friendly. We don’t drink much Chardonnay, but ended up picking up several bottles at that price.”
By its taste, I would have wondered if this was actually an oaked Chardonnay. (The Twin Palms blurb says “the wine is aged in a combination of new, one year old and two-year old French oak barrels for approximately 12 months”.) The taste does hint at it, but it is delicately enhancing, not intrusive at all. I sincerely hope the store has more. It reminds me of an Atlas Peak Chard I had a while back…very citrusy without the acid, lighter in body and a bit crisp (and @ $4.99, much less expensive). It is still selling at the vineyard for $25/bottle.
Color: Lemon straw
Body: Light (more like an Italian Pinot Grigio than a Chardonnay)
Fragrance: citrus fruit, honeysuckle
Taste: Tropical, citrus, crisp, just off dry IMO
We also only have Chardonnay on occasion and I was expecting traditional fare with this one. It’s not…and it’s good. At least, it suits my taste profile; I enjoy crisp non-acidic whites. I agree that it would be very food friendly. I’d add that it drinks well on its own and would be a good “summer heat” style Chardonnay…not at all cloying or sweet, just refreshing.
One last thing, I did not notice the “smoke” or “bread dough” that Twin Palms mentions in their description.