Gallo Family Vineyards, Chardonnay, California, USA, 2012
Varietal chardonnay. Screw cap closure, 12.5% abv, about £7, widely available.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium intensity, youthful, with aromas of ripe apple and pear, grapefruity citrus and an indeterminate warmer tropical nuance, with a slight medicinal note on the finish.
Palate – an off-dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, no tannin, medium alcohol, medium (-) bodied, with a medium intensity, with flavours of ripe dessert apple, a hint of stone fruit – nectarine and a riper warmer tropical nuance, with a low-key hint of oak and spice. A short length with a clean, slightly gummy finish.
Quality – a wine of good quality, with balanced acidity and alcohol, which are harmonious with the flavour intensity. Of modest intensity, concentration and complexity, this is a fairly simple wine, with a short finish. It has seen oak – chips or staves perhaps at this price point, which is not alluded to on the label; done with care, adding another dimension to a quite delicate wine. Ready to drink now, will not improve with keeping, and should be consumed within a year.