*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.


2 Responses

  1. Baked bear is a two-day process, and the results are not aromas you’d want in Chardonnay 🙂

    With as many wines as you taste, I’m surprised you don’t have more of these phantom notes lying around!

  2. I just have to add 1 small thing – I relate to the “I taste this months ago and why didn’t i write it up.” so much. I’ve got 100s of pages of hand written notes on wines I swore I’d blog about.

    However, remember that what we do is more than JUST the blog. Our social media connection, the tweets that reach as many, or sometimes more people than the blog does counts just as much.

    I do my best to let people know what wines I’m trying, both the blog and twitter. Give yourself a break 🙂


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