Friday, April 23, 2010

Martin Ray Chardonnay

Martin Ray Winery
Russian River Valley
Santa Rosa, California, USA
$13.99 -- HEB, Austin, TX

Color: Light straw
Nose: Pineapple, Big League Chew
Body: Full
Front: Mango
Middle: Butter, honey
Back: Oak, toasted marshmallow
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Screwcap

This is a pretty, pleasant wine. It's not charming, nor particularly elegant, but you would invite it to a party if enough people were coming. For my palate, it's a bit too sweet; I'm drinking it on a hot afternoon that followed a difficult workday, and it's perfect for that. If you hate oak, there's a bit too much of it for this to please you--but if you aren't a woodhater, the tropicality of the wine balances the oak nicely. Acid, however, is not dominant.