Chardonnay In My Glass

I have been listening to the call of white wine, despite unusually cold spring temperatures here.  No idea what’s going on with the weather this year, but if we jump from cold to hellishly hot muggy swamp without a nice spring period, I think I’ll cry.  Big crocodile tears.  We usually only get maybe 2 months of really nice weather in the spring in DC, but so far this year it’s been more like 2 days and we are fast approaching the point of no return where summer comes.  Regardless of the weather, I’m in a white wine mood.  Tonight I chose the 2004 Bonneau Chardonnay.  I purchased this wine from WineQ for $27.99, it had a real cork closure, and clocked in at 14.9% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found lemon grass butter. Yep, all one thing. I also got pear, apple, spice, and peach.  In the mouth I found flavors of pear, green apple, peaches, lemon, grass, hay, nice spice, and some tropical notes as it warmed it.  I think the wine must have been very lightly oaked…I didn’t find any vanilla or toasty notes, but it had nice structure that seemed oak influenced.

The only concern I have here is the price point. $28 is more than I spend on an average red bottle, let alone a white bottle.  While this was a very nice wine, I’m not sure I would pay that much again.

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3 Responses

  1. I’m with you on hearing the call of white wine lately! I’m primarily a red wine lover, but I don’t discriminate! I go crazy for (dry) rose’, & I adore a nice, crisp white…but $28 is quite high for a white. If I’m going to buy it, it’ll be because it knocked my socks off.

  2. The color looks kinda different for a Chard… is the light just playing tricks with the photo?

    Just enough oak for structure makes this sound like a very tasty Chard.

    Cheers!

  3. I agree Claire, it’s really gotta be something out of this world for that price tag!

    Randy, it might be a little bit of the light….but it really did look like unfiltered apple juice…

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