Never the same as the first time, but still a little classy

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Brand NameMeridian
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Wine NameChardonnay
Vintage (Year)2005
AVASanta Barbara County
CountryUnited States
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeChardonnay
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating6 (on a scale of 1-10)

I remember the first time that I had Meridian Chardonnay. It was early 1995 at the start of finally getting to know a woman that I had a crush [from afar] on. She was introducing me to some Chardonnay and some sparkling wines.

The vintage must have been 1993, and at that time, I thought that it was the best tasting wine that I ever had. Granted, that at this time in my life, it's not like I really was into sampling and tasting different wines, and unfortunately, I was used to whatever low brand/line quaff that many nightclubs carried. Actually, the beer that I drank during those years was definitely better than the wine.

While Meridian has been consistently producing a Chardonnay with the same tastes, none of them have captured the flair and elan that that 93 vintage embodied. It's been an all downhill experience for me since then.

On the flip side, this is a nice wet Chardonnay that doesn't have that buttery flavor and feel, nor the overall oaky taste that I have yet to love. It has a crisp taste and has some subdued flavors of grapefruit. I will say that this wine is definitely nice for an afternoon affair or something sublime in the evening.


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