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Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009

by Nannette Eaton on February 2, 2013

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien

photograph of Buena Vista Winery Carneros Chardonnay with wine glass against blue tile background

Chardonnay is the golden grape, the most popular varietal, the king of the mountain. And the offering of the Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay will keep the title of most beloved grape intact. The nose is an appealing vanilla and mango scent, Brain Wines thought the nose was a bit oaky for his sensibilities, but still gave the wine an A- to B+ ranking. The flavors are apple and pear with a nice acidity, but a creamy mouthfeel. As time pasted and the wine warned and opened up (the ambient room temperature was about 62% Fahrenheit) the wine became even lusher. For the food pairing, it was paired with a Rice Krispy Treat and it was extraordinary. The cookie wasn’t too sweet to overpower the wine, and the vanilla notes from the chardonnay worked well with the vanilla of Rice Krispy Treat. The music match is “Golden” by Jill Scott from the album Beautifully Human.

The details: 13.5% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Carneros. Varietal: chardonnay. Retail price: $20 USD. This bottle was provided as a media sample.

photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013