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On the Chardonnay Bandwagon

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 at 10:50 am in Uncategorized.

My wine club meets at my house this month. As such, I’ve picked the theme: Unoaked Chardonnay. It’s so hip right now, I decided to get a bunch of these bottles together and see if they really are the antithesis of a buttery Crescent Roll, and instead more like a Pinot Blanc, crisp and honeyed, with notes of roasted nuts. The big producers of this type of Chardonnay come from Chile, New Zealand and Australia, of course, but Napa’s hopping on the bandwagon.

A nice expression of the style is Nickel & Nickel’s Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay. It’s got the price of a snooty Chard ($38) but even though the label doesn’t say anything about no malolactic fermentation, the taste says it all. It’s still rich and creamy but with enough vanilla, earth and crispy citrus to balance it out. Give it a try, and I’ll report back on Monday about the 5 or so official unoaked Chards we’ll be trying.

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