Napa Valley, CA; 13.6% ABV; screw cap
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on about 11 May
I thought this looked promising, so I was sort of disappointed (on the first day). Initially, the wine is crisp and elegant, if not all that flavorful. After some air, the wine shows ripe, caramelized apple and yellow pear, medium ripe lemon, and slightly edgy oak. The flavor is still not all that intense, and the caramelized flavors make me suspect the wine is getting toward the end of its life. It’s okay but hardly outstanding.
The ext day, the little bit left in the bottle was definitely better. The “caramelized” flavors were gone and fruit had opened up more, integrating with a grapeskin flavor and chalky minerality. It strikes me that some folks out there who like a more austere and minerally Chardonnay might like this one. Weinish? Seedboy?