Sunday, January 2, 2011

Rating: ***+ $ (Practically Free) Nostalgia Chardonnay, Central Valley, Chile, 2008 - Wine Review (BEST VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is another in a short series of "practically free" wines, called Nostalgia Chardonnay, Central Valley, Chile, 2008, finished at 12.% alcohol.  I have a hunch that Brotherhood is the actual parent winery, but the label coyly refers to Vinecrest Co., in Washingtonville NY.  Washingtonville happens to be the town in which Brotherhood Winery is based. 

In the glass: Nostalgia shows as appropriately off-white, with a hint of creamy yellow.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, this Chilean chardonnay brings sweet, ripe - almost overripe - pear and tropical fruit mix to the nose.  It is a vigorous nose, with a butterscotch-like undertone in feel, not flavor.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are bigness, sweetness, coconut-like roundness, with some light acids lifting the generally thick and rich palate.  The finish lingers in your cheeks with the acids, but does take on a touch of alcohol at the end - almost sake-like.

In summary: Overall, this one is for fans of thick chardonnay fruit.  It rates an impressive three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but don't expect it to carry you away with challenge, contemplation or complexity.  You'll get an excellent, tasty - and cheap - sip.  Great value for its crazy low price.

Following long decant, over a week kept cool under vacuum in a partially filled bottle:  Both the nose and the palate are extremely consist with their pre-decant counterparts.  If anything, the palate gets just a bit rounder and richer, and Nostalgia gets a plus added for this supreme level of pleasantness.

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