Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $$ Wattle Creek Chardonnay, Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California, 2007 (GOOD VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Wattle Creek Chardonnay, Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California, 2007, a selection from MyWinesDirect, finished at 14.1% alcohol. 

In the glass: Light golden.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows a complex nose of butter, butterscotch, citrus and pear. From the aroma, seems like this will be full, round and aromatic. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are quite buttery and bold, showing the influence of the American and French oak which have participated in the aging process.  This reminds me of the chardonnays of "old", when oak was instrumental in the aging.  Rich fruit slides out from behind the oak, coating your mouth with slick waves of sleek, lightly sweet spicy butterscotch and pear.  Lengthy and surprisingly clean finish, given the husky mid-palate.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its unabashed old-time oaky hedonistic appeal. Good value.

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