Bonterra Chardonnay California 2010

Bonterra Chardonnay, Mendocino County, California, USA, 2010

Where is Mendocino County?

Varietal chardonnay, organic, barrel aged in French oak. Screw cap closure, 13.5% abv, £12, Waitrose.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing distinct tears.

Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, youthful, aromas opening with a warm yet indistinct tropical fruit note – guava perhaps, then over-ripe green apple, a cinnamon-like hint [I always think cinnamon equates to soapy] and ground almond.

Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, no tannin, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, with a medium (+) intensity, a light transient spritz, and flavours of creamed apple puree, over-ripe white grapefruit and cinnamon again; with a clean, medium (+) finish.

Quality – a wine of good quality, well made, with a balance between acidity and alcohol, levels of which are in harmony with the intensity of flavour.  There is a good concentration of flavour, with no great complexity but with a good length.  This wine will keep for a  year or two, but not develop further.

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