Skyline Vineyard, Snake River Valley, Idaho; 13.5% ABV
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 28 January
I have previously liked Rieslings from Ste Chapelle, but not Cabernet, so I was pretty optimistic about this very nice-looking Chardonnay. However, after tasting it, I guess I’ll just stick to their Rieslings.
On the first night, the flavor was very light, not much to taste at all. On the second night, the fruit was a little more forward, showing gentle yellow / white flavors of pear / apple / melon and oak, with balancing acid of lemon / pineapple and white of melon rind. While there’s nothing wrong with it, and it’s reasonably elegant and complex, the flavors are so light as to be boring. It’s certainly drinkable in an inoffensive way, but at this price, it’s effectively “Thumbs Down.”