Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: ***+ $ Estancia Chardonnay, Monterey County, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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

Original tasting and review : This is Estancia Chardonnay, Monterey County, California, 2012, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in October, 2014.  This one is NOT labeled "Pinnacles Ranches", as are so many of the Estancia chardonnays.

In the glass: Very light yellow with some vanilla.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft clean butterscotch with some grasses.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full, rich and friendly.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, rich, almost creamy, with some dry butterscotch supporting the sleek fruit.  Acids are gentle, so the sip carries more of a velvet glove touch.  Finish is modest and eases off gently, with slick, very lightly oaked fruit fading from view.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for friendliness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, yielding an easy best value at its bargain price point.

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

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