84% Napa County, 16% Mendocino County; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 September
I had been interested in this wine for a while because I recall the name Jade Mountain from when I started drinking wine in the later 90s. I seem to recall they made some interesting Rhone-varietal wines. Although I’m sure they’ve been through a lot of changes in the intervening years, the personal association still made me hopeful this would be a good wine. ‘Twas not to be.
On first pour, the wine showed typical Chardonnay yellow apple, but with some unpleasant and rough funkiness. This sometimes means that the wine just needed a little more air, and indeed, smooth and ripe fruit of apple, pineapple, and pear did come forth significantly more, becoming reasonably drinkable but still sort of off-putting for me.
The next day, the fruit and unpleasant flavor had both become more fully pronounced, making it overall worse in my opinion: medium-ripe yellow apple, dried pineapple (slightly sulfurous?), ripe and smooth but with an unpleasant over-ripeness or perhaps slight oxidation. Although it’s not tremendously offensive, I didn’t like it very much.