Rockin’ H Ranch Vineyards, Sonoma Coast, CA; 13.9% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store many weeks ago. No longer there.
Some folks may have liked this wine, but to me this was a weird Chardonnay. It tastes intensely of assertive, even abrasive, ripe or over-ripe tropical yellow fruit (starfruit (Carambola), maybe mango), caramelized yellow apple, with perhaps even a slightly spoiled character, and slight green apple. I don’t like it, and my suspicion is that it will be worse the next day.
Indeed, the next day it’s just awful: sour and abrasive. I would be glad to hear from anyone who had a better experience with this wine, since I have generally liked the Gauthier selection wines, but my bottle definitely gets a Thumbs Down. I won’t even cook with this.