Region: California – Livermore Valley – USA
Light golden in the glass with pear and guava on the nose and flavors of fresh peach, guava, and pear with hints of lemon, herbs, and brioche with a creamy finish. Pairs well with pork loin or pasta with cream sauce.
Recommendations: I’m always wary of opening a bottle of Chardonnay to share with my wife as she doesn’t like oaked Chardonnay (she doesn’t like the buttery finish). However, when fixing a dinner of pork tenderloin, the bottle of Concannon Chardonnay called out to me. I got a bit of pear on the nose, and flavors of peach. The finish was nice and mellow, with just a hint of the typical buttery finish that you associate with Chardonnay that has spent time in oak barrels.
Paired with our dinner it was a winner. The slight acid of the wine did a great job of cutting through the richness of the pork tenderloin, and the hints of lemon and herb complimented the herbs that we had added to the tenderloin. While this wine certainly doesn’t break new ground, it’s a nice, solid Chardonnay that’s worth picking up and is a great pairing with pork.