It seems as it gets closer to game day the California wines I've been tasting are just getting better and better. This wasn't by design as all the wines I've opened in the past two weeks have been first timers for me. For those who know me, it must be a little surprising that four of the wines were Chardonnays. What is surprising to me is that the Chardonnays that I did open were very pleasing and more to the style that I like. That is, lightly oaked with lots of fruit and citrus on the nose and on the palate. That is exactly what I found in the Chateau St Jean Sonoma County Chardonnay 2010 ($11)
One the nose were aroma's of pear and apple with some citrus and a little creamy, buttery, toasty vanilla. Nice mouth feel with flavors of peach, pear and orange zest with some spicey vanilla. The finish was medium with a little toast and some tropical fruit.
Paired very nicely with Shirley's left over chili. Cannot go wrong with Chateau St. Jean and at $11, well worth it. Highly Recommended.