*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Jordan Winery
If I’m going for a white in the winter, I often reach straight for a Chardonnay. As much as I love my light and sprightly whites, I do enjoy something with a little more oomph and weight for the winter months. So when I went to root around in the cellar the other night, the 2008 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay seemed to fit the bill perfectly. The wine had a real cork closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for about $24.
On the nose I got pineapple, pear, apple, caramel notes, spice, the slightest oak undertone, and peach. In the mouth I found pear, apple, lemon, peach, apple, and more pear. The pear dominated in the mouth for me, with apples coming in a close second. Overall, the wine had great structure with crisp fruit and the oak treatment lending the wine the perfect weight for the roast chicken I made to go with it.