Irony Chardonnay 2007 Napa Valley

Wine can be quite the educator if you let it. I submit this tasting for your edification … I had a preconception that this wine would be a big buttery fruit forward Chard. No idea where I got that but that was my thoughts. On opening the wine is quite pale in color. Not as deep and rich yellow as some chards. On the nose the wine is quite mild. On first tasting out of the fridge I get some butteryness, some fruit, some creamyness and a medium finish with just a hint of tartness to balance it out. I am thinking wow now this is not what I expected. Lesson one, preconceptions. And so comes lesson two … Chards are really effected by temperature. Get them too cold and things will seem quite mild. As this one warmed up even a little all of sudden out came that lovely buttery, chard, with some creamyness with yet still just a hint of tartness on the finish. This is a classic California style Chard! Very nice all in all. The layers in this wine are best appreciated without food. This is a good sipping wine. I paired it with a pan fried cod and it kinda overwhelmed the food. Onto dessert it was a chocolate chip cookie and it faired well there. I would give this a solid 90 for the complexity. In the end this wine lived up to the expectations I had set for it. Yumm … Schools out … call me when you don’t have any class 🙂

From the LCBO web site:
IRONY CHARDONNAY 2007 VINTAGES 27409 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 19.95
Wine, White Wine, 14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : D

Made in: California/Californie, United States By: Delicato Vineyards

Release Date: Sep 26, 2009

Tasting Note
This delicious white wine is exploding out of the glass with its tropical nose of pineapple, vanilla and apple that will tempt you to keep swirling and sniffing. This is followed by clean, fruit-forward flavors of apple, pear, mango and pineapple, with the perfect amount of acidity that will jazz your palate, followed by a finish that is very balanced with just the right amount of toasty, creamy vanilla that makes this wine truly exceptional … [It] is very food-friendly but would be superb with a big plate of raw oysters or some sea scallops from the grill with a big summer salad. I will tell you this is my favorite Chardonnay that I have tasted in 2009 … Score – 91. (Doug Harmon, Wichita Fall Times Record (Texas), June 3, 2009)

Here is what had to say:
14.5% alcohol Aromas of spice vanilla and floral notes waft form the glass. Full of flavour this washes over the palate in creamy-textured waves with toffee apple vanilla and tropical fruit to the fore. Everything is in synch with acidity fruit and well-integrated oak all in good balance. The finish is mid length refreshing and clean. Pair with roast chicken. (Vic Harradine) (027409) $19.95 Rating 4/5

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