Recommendation:Recommended as a buy
Winery/Producer: Pacific Peak Winery; Livermore & Ripon, California
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Geographic Origin: California
Purchased From: Total Wine; Northridge, California
Paired With: 1st tasting – Sweet potato soup seasoned with cumin and yogurt, cornbread side; 2nd tasting – Fish taco with hot sauce featuring yogurt and jalapeno.
He said: Light golden color. Slight green apple bouquet. Crisp (non flavorful and just a very tiny hint of sweetness) taste with a dryish finish. Its clearly not a “fine” unoaked Chardonnay, but it is a bargain price nondescript white wine. With that in mind, if your looking for a “drinkable”, very very inexpensive white wine this may be about as good as it gets. If you want traditional oaked Chardonnay taste this is not the wine for you.
She said: 1st tasting – The good and bad news is that there is virtually no flavor. With light golden yellow color the wine has just the slightest hint of aroma followed by a medium bodied non description flavor and very slightly bitter finish. Not overly sweet or dry. It was quite tasty with my after dinner chocolate chip cookie. A good buy at $1.87; how could you go wrong at that price; 2nd tasting – I was concerned about the hotness of the sauce over powering the wine but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the wine was OK with it. The wine cooled down the pallet yet was always present rather than obliterated. It had a slight sweet fruity aroma followed by a similar flavor, a medium body and medium finish. I’m amazed to find a wine that went so well with a hot spicy dinner for less than $2.00 Of course it is not a great wine but it sure hit the spot with this dinner. Again I recommend this wine at $1.87.
Comments: Because it’s quite drinkable and unbelievably inexpensive we have given it a recommended buy, and for the price it’s quality is very good.
Note: There is no vintage date provided so you have to taste it to know if it’s the same wine described here.