Central Coast, CA; 14.9% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 Aug
Usually I don’t help with ordering the wine too much, but I ordered this wine, and since then it has pretty much just sat on the shelves. It beat me why, since I thought it looked pretty good, so I finally tried one. While it’s a little heavily ripe for my taste, it is pretty good for the price, and of course I think that’s not just because I ordered it.
Even at refrigerator coldness, the wine is quite ripe, full-flavored and -bodied, and smooth, showing predominantly yellow apple and butter, with some nice complexity of white / yellow pear, and vanilla oak, with a slight, chalky minerality. I’d guess full malolactic fermentation here. As it warms from fridge temp, the fruit becomes less balanced, with the ripe fruit becoming a bit solid and dull to my taste. Still, although the wine is a few years old now, it is not oxidized, there are no off flavors, and it is a pretty powerful Chardonnay. I expect to recommend this to many customers who like it ripe and buttery.