Hiding in the Basement

Sometimes wine just gets lost in my basement. I don’t know how it happens, because I’m fairly vigilant about entering my shipments into CellarTracker as they arrive, but, as you know, the best laid plans….

So that is how it came to be that this bottle of 2004 Alderbrook Chardonnay somehow escaped me. It’s possible it’s been hiding down there for almost 2 years now. I found it the other night when looking for a Zinfandel that I SWORE was down there, but alas, I could not find. Perhaps I have wine elves that move things around just to drive me nuts. Whatever the case may be, this wine had a real cork, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and cost us $14.80 either in a club shipment or at the winery.

On the nose I found apple, pineapple, slight cream, and oak spice. In the mouth, the wine was crisp with a bit of oak. I got flavors of lemon and apple. This was a simple Chardonnay, not too oaky at all, which is good, I don’t much care for the oaky ones, and was an easy wine to drink on a weeknight.