Central Coast, CA; 13.5% ABV
Cellared and bottled by Turn Key Wine Brands
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 April. A small amount still there.
I was very intrigued by this wine because the back label reads, in part, “Our Chardonnay combines the structure and minerality often associated with coastal Chardonnay, with a seductive, measured oak profile. It has generous notes of sub-tropical fruit, toasted hazelnut, and crushed wet stones.” At one point, I urged Seedboy to try this wine if he saw it, because the above sounded up his alley. However, now that I try it, it’s almost certainly not.
On the first night, I wondered what those notes meant by “structure and minerality,” since the wine struck me as soft and sweet. I thought it had a rich and smooth, fairly complex and delineated taste of ripe white and yellow pear, yellow apple, slight yellow tropical fruit, with a creamy, oak / vanilla finish. There was some minerality, but it was rather soft or even oily. I conceded it was pretty tasty wine, if not in a style I prefer.
On the second night, however, the wine gained some more acid and, to my taste, became much more balanced. The flavors were all still there without degradation, and I tasted the “toasted hazelnut” in the label notes. It’s very Central Coast, and, to me, quite good.
JoelA noted recently that there is a Magnolia Court Pinot Noir, also $7, available at the Oakland, CA, store. I’d be curious about the reactions of anyone who has tasted it.