Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rodney Strong Chardonnay

Rodney Strong
Chalk Hill
Sonoma, California, USA
$14.99 -- Total Wine, Durham, NC

Color: Warm gold
Nose: Tanning lotion, pear
Body: Medium to full
Front: Peachy pear
Middle: Buttery mango, a little pepper
Back: Cilantro, lemongrass
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

I really like this chardonnay. The structure is clear and clean; it packs a whallop without being too hot; and it's a bargain. The spiciness is particularly nice next to the butter. It's fer sure California, though, so if you want the subtlety of a Bourgogne, drink one a' them.