Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: **+ $ Crown Peak Chardonnay, California, 2009

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By way of background, opening thoughts: California makes LOTS of chardonnay - in many cases farmed and bottled with the name of regional origin for the grapes.  In this case, we are trying a bargain-priced, California-labeled chardonnay, meaning the grapes are sourced from various regions in the state.


Original tasting and review : This is Crown Peak Chardonnay, California, 2009, finished at 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Crown peak is very light yellow-gold.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows sweet lemon and a hint of mineral. From the aroma, seems like this will be citrus and light.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact softer and fuller on the mid-palate than expected, a touch of glycerin moves first, bringing back-up notes of citrus and faint lemon on a more mineral base.  Finish leaves residual acid and sugar in the cheeks.  Full, but light overall impression.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its fulsome character.

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