Saturday, April 21, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Solex Chardonnay, Mendocino, CA, - GOOD VALUE

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Solex Chardonnay is from grapes harvested at the Beckstoffer Vineyard in Mendocino County, CA. The 2008 vintage is finished at a whopping 14.5% alcohol.  This was acquired as part of an American Cellars Wine Club offering from Vinesse.

Original review, March, 2010:

In the glass: Solex Chardonnay shows as very light yellow in the glass.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, this 100% chardonnay shows powerful crisp apple and pear aromas, highlighted with a stone and slate overtone. 

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a dry honeyed pear, almost dewy and thick.  That is followed quickly by light, crisp acids which bright forth a slightly sweet lemon note.  

And the wrap-up: The finish tucks into your cheeks, holding clean, crisp and slightly sweet til your next sip.

In summary: Overall, a light but layered and still somehow rich experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its nice balance of elements.  Good value.

Updated review, over two years later, April, 2012:   Consistent light yellow color.  Funky, light citrus on the nose.  Interesting.  Fragrant and funky fruit on the palate, full with a crisp finish.  Unique and layered.  Held up well for four years from vintage date. 

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