Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Lot 118 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Lot 118 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in June, 2015.

In the glass: Clear with light yellow highlights.

On the nose: Poured chilled and swirled vigorously, shows coconut, oak, fresh butterscotch and bananas.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich and full.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very consistent with the aromas, highlighting full, creamy coconut. Some acids pick up as the sip settles, bringing a swift, but entirely clean finish.  Oak is apparent but not overwhelming.  

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

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