Giant Wine Sale & Tasting 2/4/2012 (Cellar on Greene, Columbia, SC): Another solid effort from one of my favorite wineries to visit. By no means a blockbuster, this one is on the subtle side. Most of the good stuff we expect from Napa Chardonnay is here. And, there is even a uniqueness in how the nectarine, tangerine, and melon flavors seem to able to exhibit themselves individually, while still maintain harmony. Nice golden color. The nose has some oak, basically controlled and civilized. There is also a nice floral expression along with citrus, pineapple and mango. On the entry, the fruit is subtle but complete and relatively complex with the sweeter fruits like mango and pineapple mingling well with fig, citrus, and a touch of ripe apple. Smooth and easy drinking, there are a minimum of those hard to describe non fruit flavors. Enough oak, and for that matter, acid, to round, balance, and keep things fresh. Could age a little. The finish is a little short.
Nice to have the screwtop on this easy, everyday California Chardonnay. Short to medium-short finish. Straw colored with hints of hay in the color. Not much oak on this chard -- perhaps a bit of a summer afternoon of honeysuckle in the taste. Okay for the everyday California chardonnay.
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