Turn Key 2012 Chardonnay

Santa Maria Valley, CA; 13.6% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store a few weeks ago

TurnKey_2012_ChardonnayThis wine shows medium-intensity fruit of yellow apple, some tropical yellow fruit (golden kiwi, less ripe pineapple), lightly lemony acid, a little creamy vanilla, with a slight funkiness around the supporting oak.  Pretty good Chardonnay for the price.  Pleasantly Drinkable.

The next day, the fruit and the oak are both more forward and integrated, although the overall character is still a little on the more delicate side.  I liked it a little better the second day, but I could see how some might think the oak gets too strong, especially as it warms to room temperature.

As a side note, I also got the Turn Key Pinot Noir on the same day, but I didn’t like it that much.  On opening, it seemed like it would be lighter but very good.  However, after a bit of air, I thought the fruit got a sort of candy-like pomegranate component I disliked.  Also, Drinkable, but less so.

(The label is white and looks yellowish tan only because of the poor light under which I took the photo.)

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