Saturday Walk Around Tasting at The Gourmet Shop, Columbia, SC 1/26/2013 (The Gourmet Shop, Columbia, SC): A really nice expression of Northern California Chardonnay. We have an excellent flavor combination of spicy, cinnamon apple pie, with tangy citrus style fruit, and some non fruit wood, vanilla and brown spices, maybe even a hint of ginger. The color has that glistening golden hue. The nose is melon and peach with spices. The palate starts soft with a very smooth hit of soft melon and pineapple, but continues with zesty style with lemon, followed by baked fruits like apple and pear. This kind of Chardonnay deserves, and gets a noticeable, but controlled hint of oak. All the parts are working in integrated harmony. Settles into the finish in a relaxed mood that begs for another taste.
Very deep lemon color, but looking a little watery when swirled in the glass. On the nose, the smoky oak is prominent, but some faint floral and honeyed chardonnay character is lurking. Similar palate, a bit of citrus emerging, a little thin but reasonably balanced. Touch of heat and just enough acidity. Shortish. Certainly not the worst Napa chardonnay for its price, this might even improve over the next couple years.
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