Thursday, June 3, 2010

Looking for a buttery Chardonnay?


Join the crowd!

I wish that I had a quarter for every time a customer asked me for a ‘buttery Chardonnay under $10.' It’s almost an hourly occurrence to be approached by a someone who tells us they love La Crema, but don’t want to spend $18 for their everyday wine. So began the QUEST for a wine that delivers that creamy, buttery taste at a bargain price-point…

It was an arduous process tasting all those wines (!) but I found one that delivers the butter that you adore at a price that you can afford. The Monterey Vineyard Arroyo Seco Chardonnay is soft and smooth, with tropical fruit aromas and flavors of fresh white peaches and loads of creamy butter with a hint of vanilla. Almost like a buttery peach cobbler! I love it and think you will, too – at $9.97 a bottle, what’s not to love?

**This review was written last November... Sad to say, but TMV (The Monterey Vineyard) Chardonnay now sells for $20 a bottle! Crazy, huh? Well, you snooze, you lose! If we get it in again at World Market, I'll zip you out an email, in the meantime ~ the quest for the buttery Chardonnay at an everyday price continues!


Here's a link to some industry information about TMV:  http://intoxicologist.wordpress.com/press-release-pages/monterey-vineyard-wines/


WINEMAKER NOTES: The Chardonnay is hand-harvested from three mature, low-yielding Arroyo Seco vineyards -- famous for white wines full of tropical fruit and refreshing natural acidity -- within one mile of each other, yet with very different character. The wine was barrel-fermented and barrel-aged with 70 percent of the juice in 100 percent French oak for complexity, with the balance fermented in stainless steel to retain fruitiness. Rich tropical fruit, full aroma and expansive flavors of our Arroyo Seco Chardonnay. Subtle notes of toasty vanilla spice from the French oak barrels linger on the palate.

Find it ~ Buy it ~ Try it ~ Love it!
Salud! Kathy

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