Argentinian Chardonnay

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Gallo Family Wines.

I found this wine hiding in a box I thought was empty in the basement. That occasionally happens given the size of my basement and the number of boxes down there. I can’t even remember the last time I opened one of my own boxes of wine, everything I bought on my Sonoma trip in April is still all boxed up. Anywho, I plucked the 2008 Alamos Chardonnay out of its hiding place and we drank it. The wine clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, retails for as low as $8, and had a Diam closure. It hails from Mendoza, Argentina.

On the nose I found pineapple, pear, a little oak, some cream, tropical fruit, and caramel notes.  In the mouth I got pear, apple, lemon, lemon zest, some spice, and some oaky influence.  This isn’t really my style of Chardonnay, but for $8, it’s okay.

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