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Destino Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Ah, Chardonnay. Why have I treated thee so cruelly? Relegated to back-shelf status, while your burgundy cousins shoulder and strut their way to my haughty palette, you are a picture of grace. You bent, dear Chardonnay, but you did not break. And now, it is I who am shamed. For this Chardonnay is wonderful.

It reminds me of everything I used to like about you. Long-lasting, complex finish with aromas of banana and honeysuckle. Peach originally, blending into a floral honey taste that lasts longer than most orgasms. A little bitter at the end, but what isn’t. All in all, a great bet, and a good buy even for $20. Use it during movie night, but only if that movie is Oscar-worthy! Brandy says, “Like a melon with a little bit of cayenne pepper. Like how Mexicans eat fruit.”

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2001 La Crema Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Now, I’m completely sober (well, not completely sober), but this is a good-ass wine. Smooth, buttery, not too tart. This is what a Chardonnay should taste like. Brandy, who knows these things, exclaims, “Smooth as a baby’s bottom.”

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Francis Ford Coppola Gold Label Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Price: $15

Okay, watching ‘The Last Samurai’, eating popcorn, and now I’m drinking Francis Ford Coppola’s wine. While its true that this is the man who directed The Godfather, this is also the man who directed ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream.’ Which wine will we get? Let’s find out!

First sip…oooh, good, fruity, but full. A little keroseney, but I can forgive it. Its sweet. The bottle mentions guava, which I think is pushing it, but whatever. All in all, a very good wine. Not “The Godfather”, per se, but worthy of a sequel.

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2001 Berenger Napa Valley Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Price: $12

This is one step up from the Founder’s Estate, which I love, labeled as a “honeyed” oak. Let’s give it a sip….

OOH! Its good. Fuller, more buttery flavor than the Estate. Lasts longer. Its good. I’ve forgotten how good wine lingers…

This is normally a $16 bottle, and the best deal around. Better finish than beginning. It doesn’t explode in the mouth, which is my only complaint. Brandy says, “I’m too tired to give a quote”, but when prodded, says, “Spicy flowers.”

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2001 Berenger Founder’s Estate Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Price: $9

I love this wine. Full, buttery, oak taste. Brandy tastes pear. Good, solid wine. Only problem is its not quite as complex or long-lasting as $20 bottles.

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