Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cakebread Chardonnay `10 $29.00 ****

JPH was saving this for a special meal.  He had bought it by the glass for S. in Jackson Hole and it was a favorite (albeit expensive).

Delicious, rich and fruity, with a good acidic balance. Of course it is 14.2% ETOH so it makes a statement even without its beautiful nuances (fragrance), fine structure (no oakiness, but a good mouth feel) and balance (from the first taste through the final swallow). 100% Chardonnay that tastes full and unoaked (but it does spend part of its life in French Oak) Luscious is the word that I would use. Really, this is a great Napa Chardonnay.

We had it with a Tarragon & White Wine Rabbit Stew from the English National Trust Good Old-Fashioned Pies & Stews  and roasted new potatoes.

Thank you Cakebread Cellars for making such a great American Chardonnay. 

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