Riva Ranch

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample in order to participate in a Taste Live Event.

I liked this Chardonnay the best of the wines from the Wente Taste Live Event. I know, it’s saying something when Chard is my favorite, as I tend to drift away from Chardonnay many times. However, I really enjoyed this wine. Apparently I’m not alone as it got an 89 from a major wine magazine, so I’ll be cross-posting this entry over on The 89 Project….does anyone post there anymore? The wine is the 2008 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay, clocking in at 13.5% alcohol by volume with a real cork closure and retailing for around $17.

On the nose I got pear, apple, apple cider, spice, lots oh pear, a bit of cream, and white flowers. In the mouth a little oak and butter popped up, but I thought it was well integrated and found the oak to be on the toasty side. I also got more cream notes, round apples, pears, spice, white flowers, and tropical notes. I thought the Chard had some nice acidity on the finish to round out the hints of oak and butter. Overall, I really enjoyed this wine.

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