Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: **** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: The Trader Joe's Reserve label is a good starting point for identifying "best value" wines.  Today we'll see if the chardonnay passes muster.

Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 13.5% alcohol.


In the glass: Clear with elements of pale vanilla/yellow.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, bright and slightly grassy clean and fragrant fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be nicely balanced of fruits, acids, fragrance and - perhaps - salinity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate in fact carry all the elements anticipated, with a surprising balance of creamy body and hints of melon and pineapple.  Not too crisp, not too oaky, not too fruity, not too deep, not too tropical - but enough of each for everyone.  Plus a clean finish that glides subtly away.  Very nice.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, not for any one element, but for its nicely poised balance of elements.  Awesome best value.


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