I was reminded early last week that I may not be the only wine blogger that has some problems with Chardonnay. Over the last few years, I did come to terms with the fact that I do not like a heavily oaked Chards, but found a likeness for some of the nice lightly oaked labels. That creamy, buttery, butterscotch and toast that seems to be the accepted aroma and taste of Chardonnay is not my choice when drinking any white wine, but when I find just hints of these flavors in a Chard, I seem to accept the wine more easily. Actually, I have come to look forward to that little bit of the oak. To me, the heavy oak masks the fruit aromas and flavors. So now, it's time I discover 'unoaked' Chardonnay. Yep, after all these years with a passion for wine, I never tasted an unoaked Chardonnay, at least since I started this blog and became more aware and accepting of any white wines.
This is a sample wine submitted for review, a Clos LaChance Monterey County Chardonnay 2011. Suggested retail is $11.
Suggested pairing is with salads and spicy Indian food. I opened with a teriyaki chicken stir fry and found a perfect match.
Aromas were filled with pineapple, a little lemon zest, some tropical fruits and a hint of grapefruit. In the mouth I got more grapefruit with mango and pineapple and some apple. On it's own the wine was very nice, but I found that I missed that little bit of vanilla and toast I get in the lightly oaked Chardonnay. Still, this is a very nice white wine and a great value at $11. Highly Recommended.