Sunday, July 1, 2012
By way of background, opening thoughts: The Tracy Hills AVA in California is a region that was designated specifically by Tulip Hill Winery, which owns vineyards o Mt. Oso in Tracy Hills, and is the subject of today's chardonnay tasting.
Original tasting and review : This is Tulip Hill Winery Reserve Chardonnay, Tracy Hills, California, 2009, finished at 13.1% alcohol.
In the glass: Light golden yellow.
On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold mineral citrus with a hint of oak and pleasant funk. From the aroma, seems like this will be bold and lasting.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, buttery, fresh and tangy, with dry caramel laced with lemon spritz. Shows a clean, modestly lengthy finish, that stays slick on your tongue and still brings acids into your cheeks.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its multiple hues. Good value.
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