Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pellegrini Olivet Lane Chardonnay

Pellegrini Family Vineyards
Olivet Lane Vineyard
Russian River Valley
Santa Rosa, California, USA
$17.99 -- Costco, Austin, TX

Color: Medium gold
Nose: Yellow pear, honeysuckle
Body: Medium
Front: Honeysuckle
Middle: Cantaloupe, salty minerality
Back: Oak, butter, something leafy
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

This is a charming, uncomplicated Chardonnay. It's not changing my world, but it'll make a lot of people happy; things are nicely balanced in it, though I could use a little more pointed acidity to balance the honeyness.

The green leafiness I'm picking up may be an aftereffect of the food accompaniment: some apple slices with a little aged hard Italian cheese that was wrapped in hay (Il Forteto Pecorino Affeinato). Ferreal. It's also got a little honey on it, which pairs nicely with the wine.