I thought I'd take a break from rosés this week and move to a different region, different grape and different color. Another wine from the L.A. Wine Company, and another $7.99 price tag, this one is the 2005 Domaine Talmard Mâcon-Chardonnay.
You must excuse the poor picture, something that seems to be becoming a habit on this site when it comes to the wine bottle and wine in the glass. One of these days I'll get it right!
Anyway, on to the wine: Nice, clear gold/yellow color. Oak and apple aromas, pleasant but nothing spectacular. You know what this reminded me of when I tasted it? Like eating one of those cheap apple pies in a tin with a plastic lid on top, the kind you buy at a chain grocery store. Along with oak, it tasted like the middle part of a chunk of apple from one of those pies - you know it's apple but it isn't real ripe. That, mixed with the inside of the crust that's been in contact with the filling, and some pear flavor was how it tasted to me. A minerally finish trailed off pretty quickly. This wine seemed to be lacking in concentration, with a sort of watery aspect at times.
I have mixed feelings about this one - yes it was simple and lacking in concentration but it wasn't real expensive, either, so whaddaya expect for $7.99? However, I wouldn't buy it again so I guess that means a two thumbs down. Not wayyyy down, but pointed below the horizon.