Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bandwagon Chardonnay
Bandwagon Chardonnay 2010
Monterey, California

Review: With softly aromatic notes of golden apple and pineapple, this Chardonnay comes across as clean and crisp. I like how the fruit is complemented by a round mouthfeel. I originally thought the body was from a partial malolactic fermentation (often just called ML – the conversion of sharper malic acid to softer buttery flavored lactic acid). I could have sworn I tasted some dairy notes, but according to the winemaker’s remarks, the wine doesn’t go through any ML. Instead, during stainless steel ageing the wine is left in contact with the lees (fancy wine talk for spent yeast cells).

Food Pairing: This wine would go nicely with seafood – like a fish taco with a spicy, creamy remoulade. Mmm, yummy.

Bottom Line: I really like this Chardonnay. It’s light, but still has body and complexity from the lees ageing, making it more interesting and fun to drink. It’s a touch on the pricey side, but I’d say worth a few extra monies. I dig it. 

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Monterey Appellation
  • GRAPE: Chardonnay
  • AGEING: Stainless Steel, on the lees
  • BOOZE: 13.9%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or hold for a few years

Where did I get it?  Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage?  High Priced

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