Tastes like liquid brautwurst. The nose is overwhelmingly nutmeg and white pepper - hiding all fruit. On the palate, the fruit is forward and somewhat orchard/tropical but undone by the harsh finish and massive notes of sausage.
Buttery nose with some sweeter tones. The palate is full but not necessarily oaky, it feels more like glycerin. Nice citrus notes, some tangerine and ultimately some oak. Missing a bit of acidic pop for me but a good wine.
An evening with Brian Loring (Montana's Steak House (Hermitage, PA)): Golden in color. The nose has a Cream Soda note with lots of buttery. I was surprised that the oak was not as dominant as I was expecting. Slight lemon chiffon notes. On the palate, this is nice with some mineral notes and still lots of fruit (lemons and grapefruits). Some alcohol on the finish. This is typical but better than most California Chards. Others liked it more than I stylistically.
Medium yellow cloudy color. Perhaps unfiltered. Gala apple and vanilla on the nose. Very mellow oakyness, born in the USA style Chardonnay. A faint whisper (that disappeared day 2) of butter and caramel on the finish. OK, but not exceptional especially at this price point. Too many Chardonnay producers in California charge way too much for there wines, setting very high expectations and wind up disappointing. Found the $17.00 2010 Domaine de l'Aujardière Chardonnay Vin de Pays du Val de Loire from Eric Chevalier and the $12.00 2010 Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve both more interesting and enjoyable. Disappointed, especially at this price point. Day 2, some fading. FYI - this review was done by 3 wine drinkers and everyone concurred. This was highly recommended at a wine shop that was 40 miles away. If they were closer, I would want a store credit. update, turned out the store had a closer location. They were happy to give me a credit. Was surprised that I paid $42, not $35 for this.
Big **s cali chard. Which, if you expect it, really can rock. Lots of orange blossom and vanilla on the nose with some peach coming through. A little caramel with a splash of nice acid. My wife - who loves this style - is in love with this wine. Nice stuff!
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