Best Chardonnay In Ages

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

For dinner tonight we tried the 2007 J. Keverson Starkey’s Court Chardonnay. It had a real cork closure and clocked in at 14.2% alcohol by volume. I see that the current vintage is the 2008, retailing for $32. I’ve heard great things about the 2008. We paired the wine with a simple oven roasted chicken with Kosher salt.  The wine was everything I like about a Chardonnay.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) If your faith in delicious Chardonnay from California has been shaken, try this wine.

2.) I can easily see how this would pair nicely with a game of lawn bowling. (The story of the brand begins with 4 friends playing bocce.)

3.) Chardonnay and roast chicken remains a favorite pairing of mine.

4.) I would pay $32 for this wine.

On the nose I found pineapple, tropical fruits, peaches, the slightest hint of oak and cream, green apple, and a little spice. In the mouth tropical fruits reigned with star fruit and pineapple dominant, followed by peach and apple with a hint of cream and spice on the finish. The acidity and use of oak balanced nicely to give a full, clean mouthfeel to the wine. Fantastic.