Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: *** $ Budini Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Argentina - especially the Mendoza region - is home to a number of outstanding classical varietals.  Total we are sampling a value-priced chardonnay from the region. 

Original tasting and review : This is Budini Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Pale, light yellow.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows sharp stainless steel and noticeable butter and oak in the same sniff.  Quite unusual blend.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, bright and also deeply layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact surprisingly easy and friendly on the palate.  Light sugars, gentle fruit, with a touch of older hay.  Surprisingly friendly and simple given the complex nose. Finishes clean. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value at its price.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: More funky buttered metallic nose.  Very consistent palate.  

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