Medium golden yellow color. Rich and toasty (obviously) on the nose, honeybutter and pineapple, golden apple and cinnamon. Rich and honeyed on the palate, with pineapple, butter biscuits, popcorn, actually some acid for some balance. Chunky pineapple and mango on the finish. Rich and simple, crowd-pleasing for those crowds who like this style. I know it’s supermarket stuff, but the wife likes it and, dammit, I can’t help but find it fun and tasty.
No, the angels didn't sing. They never do with Cali-Chards at this price point. But at $8 a pop, this is quite a bit of fun, particularly if you like a slap of oak on the nose and palate. Some apricots, peaches, pears and tangerine and a nice dollop of butterscotch, especially in the finish. Purists will decry the heavy hand in the wood and alcohol department. But for a reasonably priced summertime sipper, this provides quite a bit of pleasure.
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