Santa Barbara County, CA; 14.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 8 October
After the delicious 2007 Syrah from Blackjack, I was eager to try this one. It’s a reasonable Chardonnay for the price, but I’m not as excited as I was about the Syrah.
On the first day, the Chardonnay is disappointingly rough, possibly slightly oxidized. The fruit is very ripe yellow apple / pineapple, a little lemon, with a slight caramelization or butterscotch, plenty of balancing ripe acid, and some vanilla oak. I really wanted to like it, and although not terrible, it mostly just came across as being too old.
However, to my surprise, the next day, it was much more smooth and become more delicate and integrated, especially as it warmed from fridge temperature. For a ripe Chardonnay on its last legs this is actually pretty good! My wife poured herself a glass and exclaimed, “This is good! Get more!” So I did. 🙂