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Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

Recommendation: An unusual Chardonnay that’s not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Produced and Bottled by Crosbarn Winery; Sebastopol, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Sonoma Coast, California.

Vintage: 2012.

Price: $22.95

Purchased From: Woodland Hills Wine Company; Woodland Hills, California

Paired With: Artichoke

Tasting:

    He said: Served chilled. Very pale yellow-green color. Strong lemon zest and hints of damp wood aromas. Quite crisp citrus, pineapple, leather and mineral taste with a medium-length tart finish. Although 12-15% was aged in oak there was not a trace of vanilla, caramel or butter. I did like the acidity; however I missed the characteristic Chardonnay tastes. For me this was an unusual Chardonnay that would go into my “OK” category, but, I probably would not buy it again. Needless to say this was better drinking alone than with the artichoke.

    She said: Artichokes are hard to pair with wine and this was really bought to pair with smoked chicken. Thus it was not great with the artichoke. Pleasant aroma but it had a sharpness ending with a tad of bitterness in the long finish. Although it was said to be oaked, the oak flavor was very light and not particularly good with the artichoke.

    Comments: Four of us tasted this Chardonnay and all of us commented about the tart, bitterness in the finish.

Alcohol: 14%

Bar code: 897941000110