Happy Wednesday! This week has been dragging and I can’t believe we are only half way there! But on the bright side I have this 2015 Wente – Riva Ranch – Chardonnay to cheer me up a little. And it really was just a little because I didn’t love this wine as much as some of the other chardonnays that I have had. I tasted some oak but thought it lacked that buttery taste and had more of a steely or tart taste that I don’t enjoy as much.
It’s odd because I have liked prior vintages of this wine a lot but for some reason this vintage did not sit well with me. So if you are in the market I would check out a prior vintage as well to see if that is something you might like better.
G had this to say about it: “The wine has a golden yellow hue with creme brûlée, vanilla and Asian pear on the nose. The wine is full bodied and rich for a chardonnay. The palate brings notes of butter, pineapple, vanilla, toasted oak and pear. This is a fantastic California chardonnay and the price to quality ratio is amazing. Wente is known as the first family of Chardonnay and this budget friendly wine upholds that legacy.”
Half way through the week and feeling good about it! Finally got myself a new phone (goodbye busted iPhone 7, hello iPhoneX!) so that has been the highlight so far, and this wine has been a close second,
If you are new here then you may not know that Chardonnay is my wine of choice. I love a good buttery Chardonnay which I know is not everyones preference. What I love about the Rebuttel wine is that it does have hints of butter but it also has a little tart to it as well. I find that it has a really nice balance between butter and steel.
I was able to snag this wine at Trader Joe’s for $6.99! I think this price is insane for the quality of wine you are getting. In all honesty I paired this with a clementine and Brussel Sprouts which I wouldn’t recommend, but it would be great with some seafood or a veggie tray.
Well we finally got a dud! I knew the day would come when I don’t like a wine and that day is today. I tired out one of the tube wines that I got from my mom last week and unfortunately it was not a winner.
This wine was the Bourgogne Chardonnay Clos De La Combe 2010. I am not sure if something happened to the wine when I transported it from California to Denver but it was bad, real bad. I usually love Chardonnay and am not picky when it comes to any wine and will literally drink anything. This wine didn’t even have a taste to comment on. It smells like rotten fermented fruit and tastes the same. I had it cold right out of the refrigerator as well as when it warmed up a bit and that still did not help.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend this wine. Better luck next week!
Wednesday is here and it’s time for another Wine Wednesday! This week I have selected the fancy AF Chateau Montelena. Just the name in itself sounds classy. Chardonnay is my wine of choice and I had high hopes for this higher end one.
I got a lot of butterscotch and vanilla on the nose and it does have that buttery oaky flavor that I love. I did however get a little bit of tart which was disappointing. I think for the price point you can find a wine that is just as good at a much lower cost. I would actually prefer the cheaper Harken wine over this one. This one is good, but I just question the price point.
This past weekend we went over to a friends house for dinner and decided to bring along this Harken Chardonnay from Molly’s Spirits in Denver. It was such a great deal at only $11.
Just as the label says, it is a nice buttery Chardonnay. This is my favorite style of wine as opposed to the steely and tart Chardonnay that you often find. This wine did not disappoint and was the perfect appetizer wine to sip on while we enjoyed some veggies, chips and homemade salsa from our gracious hosts. I highly recommend picking this wine up if you enjoy a buttery Chardonnay as much as I do.