Chinese Chardonnay... take the plunge

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Brand NameDragon's Hollow
Wine NameUnoaked Chardonnay
Vintage (Year)2005
AVAEastern Foot of He Lan Mountain
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeChardonnay
Wine GroupsThe Usual Suspects
Alcohol %12.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating8 (on a scale of 1-10)

I was at a tasting for Paul Goerg champagnes at Swanky Bubbles, and was engaged in conversation with Scott, the manager, and Mark a good friend of his.

As we had started talking about Port wines, I was telling Scott about another site that I am working on, and also mentioned this Chardonnay that I had just picked up, which was from China. They remarked that that was interesting, but a true 'winer' is willing to try alot of wines from alot of places.

I discovered this wine on my last foray through one of Pennsylvania's state stores; the one located in the 1300 block of Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. As I had made my way around the specialty wines section, seeing what new things they had, as well as what special they were offering, I saw this bottle. What stands out is the I- Ching coin on a red ribbon that is attached to the bottle. I said what the hell, and decided to purchase it; I had never had a wine from China, though I have eaten at many an Asian restaurant.

With your first whiff of the wine, you can succinctly smell green apples, a Chinese favorite, as well as the faint smell of grass. The label says that this wine is one of the best from China, and while I have nothing to compare it to, it definitely wins points for flavor and smoothness.

I would say that this wine would be the perfect companion to just about any meal, as it is so smooth, it reminds me of one of Sade's first three albums.


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