Bonterra Chardonnay, Mendocino County, California, USA, 2010
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.