Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay

Rodney Strong
Chalk Hill
Healdsburg, California, USA

$19.39 -- HEB, Austin, TX

Color: Light gold
Nose: Pineapple, lemon, white pepper
Body: Medium
Front: Pear
Middle: Bread pudding
Back: Pepper, cinnamon-covered-oak
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

This is a delicious Chardonnay. It's not big, not bold; it's elegant and balanced. There's oak, but not too much, a lively fruity acid, and a flash of charm that I can't quite pin down in the mid-palate but have named bread pudding (an effect enhanced by eating sorpressata prior to swilling). The color is almost a greenish straw, quite light, which lately I've been finding seductive for some reason.