And how many of us know what Chardonnay really tastes like

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Brand NameExplore
Wine NameChardonnay
Vintage (Year)2009
AVAWestern Cape
CountrySouth Africa
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeChardonnay
Wine GroupsLow cost party staples
Alcohol %12.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating7 (on a scale of 1-10)

I just had a conversation with several sommeliers a couple of weeks ago, and one of the things discussed was how many Italian Chardonnays taste totally different than other Chardonnays, simply because they don't use anything in their techniques to color to flavor of the wine. This is itself goes way beyond the concept of an unoaked chardonnay.

At first, I didn't like this chardonnay because it had none of the aspects that I have grown to recognize as a chardonnay, but then I wound up downing several glasses and came to appreciate it.

The flavor is very clean, with some muted tropical citrus flavors and a nice long mellowing finish. I taste some lemongrass and smell some freshly cut grass, and a little straw too. Not bad, and a great wine to entertain large groups at an inexpensive price.


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