Sunday, August 18, 2013

2011 Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Picked this one up at Costco not too long ago for $11.99.  They still have it in stock.

It's a nice clear light yellow gold color.  Not much in the way of aromas, mainly a nutty charcter with some fruit underneath.

In the mouth the first impression was of zingy acidity, the degree approaching that of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. That gave way to tastes of wood, lemon meringue, Squirt soda and more wood, with a narrow mouth feel.  This was definitely not what you'd call a buttery Chardonnay by any means! The aftertaste had a sourish and woody, green apple/grapefruit character with a somewhat watery feel to it with the wood component being the last thing to fade out.

This didn't taste like a Chardonnay.  If I didn't know what it was, I'd have guessed it was some sort of blend containing Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon based on tasting it, but with lots and lots of wood. There was just way too much wood for my liking and it ended up prevailing over any other flavor in this wine.

Does it need time?  In my opinion there's not enough of anything else to outlast the wood but like I said, that's just my opinion.