Cost: $24.95 (Sale price: $17.55)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White Wine
Appellation: VINTAGES
Country: United States
Region: Carneros, California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Azienda Agraria Communali
Alcohol: 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Bright clear gold in colour with medium+ intensity in the nose.

Positives: Distinct Chard nose with medium toasted oak. The nose shows notes of lemon meringue pie, vanilla, caramelized apple & light minerality. More citric notes on the taste with lemon & orange notes, green apples, vanilla & butterscotch. Medium toasted oak with good acidity, medium to full body, medium+ length & not high in alcohol, which is a nice surprise for a mid level Californian Chard.

Negatives: Some bitterness detected.

Interesting Points:

  • Use the larger new world Chard glass vs the smaller old world.
  • Benziger is an organic winery.

Drink now on its own or pair it with seared sea bass glazed in Chardonnay.

Tasted 13 Oct 11.

Best buy on sale price.

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5+/10 (sale price would be 9.5/10), Total: 17.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5

LCBO#: 34777