2011 Kacaba Barrel fermented Chardonnay

I’ve written up a number of Kacaba wine in the past. I love visiting their winery. The wines and the people are so approachable. Every year they are doing better and better with their wines. On this occasion Vadim Chelekhov the assistant wine maker was our host. He spent a lot of time with us sharing his passion for wine, his knowledge about the wine and about how he loves working at Kacaba. I really appreciate the time he spent with us there. If you haven’t made your way out to Kacaba yet, do!

This wine is pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose with some oak and some vanilla coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely vanilla to match the nose along with some pineapple. This wine is VERY sensitive to temperature. Serve it too cold and you will find it a bland wine with not a lot going on. Warm it up and it opens up nicely. I suspect it also maybe a bit too young. The wine has some butteryness to it and is backed by some acidity to match the pineapple on the mid pallet. I would give it an 88-89. Very nice, $22.95 a bottle at the winery.

From the Winery’s web site:
BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY 2011
AROMAS OF PINEAPPLE, GUAVA AND PEAR MINGLE WITH HINTS OF VANILLA. THE PALATE IS FULL BODIED AND RICH WITH THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN FRUIT, OAK AND ACIDITY. THIS WINE IS A JOY TO DRINK WHEN YOUNG BUT WILL ALSO AGE AND DEVELOP BEAUTIFULLY FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

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