We bought this wine so long ago. It had to be in 2006. It might have even been on our honeymoon. I don’t recall what I paid for it then, and I didn’t write it down anywhere. Looks like the 2006 is retailing for around $24, so I’m going to guess that’s about what I paid, give or take. The wine is the 2005 Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyards Chardonnay, which clocked in at 14.2% alcohol by volume and had a real cork closure.
On the nose I got caramel, vanilla bean, vanilla, spice, pear, honey, apple, and toasty oak. In the mouth, the fruit came out of hiding with apple, pear, tropical notes, and toast rounding out the palate. Although the oak was there, this was no butter bomb. It had great acidity that kept all the flavors in check and was more like an apple crumble in a glass.