Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Region: California – USA
Cost: $20 (SRP)
Golden in color with aromas of pears, Gala apples, stone fruits, and pineapple. Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, panna cotta, and hazelnuts that all carry through to the palate. Pairs well with chicken, seafood, and pork dishes as well as some softer cheeses.
Recommendations: I’ll admit that with the colder weather I’ve been on somewhat of a red wine kick, not the least of which has to do with my food selections. However, when the bottle of 2008 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay showed up at my office the other day, I will admit that I was happy for it as A) I don’t have a lot of white in the house at the moment, and B) I was kinda in the mood for a nice Chardonnay.
If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time you know that I have a bit of trouble picking out Chardonnays because my wife doesn’t like oaked Chardonnay. While the Robert Mondavi has spent some time in French oak to age, it was fermented in stainless steel, and so I was hoping that the distinctive finish wouldn’t be too bad for her. It wasn’t.
The wine was clear and gold in the glass, and the aromas of apple and pineapple jumped right up into my nose with just a hint of nutmeg on the end of it. In the mouth the wine was light and crisp, with apple, pear, and pineapple flavors carrying through, and then a nice, subtly creamy finish from the time in French oak with some nutmeg and hazelnuts on the finish.
Paired with a dinner of mustard and herb chicken, salad, and creamy garlic pasta side, it was a great compliment to everything on the table, and was enjoyable by itself, a feature that can be hit or miss for me with Chardonnay that’s spent some time in oak. If you’re like my wife and don’t like oaked Chardonnay, I would still recommend giving the 2008 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay a try as it’s subtle and might help usher you in to enjoying them.
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