Sour aromas at first. Then, tart green apple, dusty, toasty oak. Hint of sulfur. Then notes of fresh green herbs, cream and some gravel. On the palate, it enters lush and creamy feeling. Wonderful weight. Elegantly structured. Vanilla custard with flavors of lemon meringue, roasted pineapple, and some notes of mango. Lush tropical fruit is present and a nice, buttery creamy quality underlying. There is some toasty oak, but it's very subtle standing up to the fresh, ripe tropical fruit notes. Tart green apple comes on the finish with stronger oak influence. Tasty!
Opened a fresh bottle of this tonight so that I could update the recent note from a week or so ago. My impression from that brief tasting was that this was a pretty good chardonnay and that holds true now that I have had this bottle. There is definitely some oak on the nose of this but in my opinion it is not overpowering and really only prevalent on the nose and not so much on the flavors, which show nice acidity with pear and granny smith apple flavors and a creamy, but not buttery, texture and finish. Quite good all around and for $19 at Costco, not a bad price either. I'll probably pick up a couple more bottles the next time I am there.
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(Chalone Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay) #2; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-medium golden; NOSE-subtle oak; little apple core; TASTE-a little hot; quite Oaky on the palate; a little disjointed; nice apple core flavor; decent value, but a little viscous for me; WS-87; GV-87
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