Sunday, January 9, 2011

Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008

I got this as a gift from a vendor too. Retails for about $20. Surprisingly good...apricots, pears, vanilla, butterscotch, a lot of toast and tinges of stone and lemon. Well balanced, although there is a lot of oak influence. I don't know that I would ever buy this, because there are Chardonnays that I much prefer that are way cheaper. B


Joshiemac said...

I tool a flyer on the 08 Sante' Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (from Coppola) for $7 that I saw at Trader Joe's the other day. Not bad at all--not too oaky, not too buttery, decent strain of minerals & stone, moderate acidity.I was amazed and picked up a few extra bottles for when the mood strikes.

Jeff said...

If I see that, I'll check it out. Always on the lookout for cheap whites. Thanks for the tip.

Joshiemac said...

Yeah, it's worth a try for the $.

I think it's one of those situations where I like it better for what it is not than for what it actually is.