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

Yikes. Sometimes I find these reviews of wines I drank a month or two ago and think, eek, why did it take me so long to publish this?? In early March? or late February? I participated in the Patz and Hall Taste Live event.  We tasted through a few of their currents releases and a pre-release (at the time…) of their 2008 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay which was to be released in March. It had a real cork closure clocked in at 14.2% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $33. I also can’t find the pictures of this wine. I’ll search again later and edit if I find them.

On the nose I got tropical notes, pineapple, yellow apple, pear, white flowers, spice, and baked pear. (Gotta watch my typing there, I almost left that as “baked bear” which would have been totally odd given I have no idea what bear smells like and certainly not baked bear. Can you even bake a bear?) In the mouth I found crisp apple, crisp pear, tropical fruit on the back palate, nuts, lemon, spice, more lemon, and baked apples. The wine had some toast on it, but I found it to be well integrated. This was my top wine for this TTL event.