Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: *** $$ Hoopla Chardonnay Unoaked, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Hoopla is a line of wines which, beside sporting an appealing canine frisbee catch, are trying to be excellent value varietals from grapes originating from outstanding vineyard areas in Napa Valley.  Let's see what they've got!  Sample wines were provided by representatives of the winery.

Original tasting and review : This is Hoopla Chardonnay Unoaked, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at a whopping 14.3% alcohol and sampled just two years from vintage date.

In the glass: Clear with hints of yellow and vanilla.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows funky dry pear - I mean toe cream funky!  From the aroma, seems like this will be crispy but with flavor elements that want to be creamy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a balanced acidic bright pear fruit.  The fruit sits high in your cheeks and then slowly trickles into your palate.  A bright, fresh, fruit-driven presence that sticks - not to your ribs - but to your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Hoopla Chardonnay.

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