Thursday, September 5, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Chardonnay - 2010 Chateau Potelle VGS Chardonnay

Normally I strive to review wines that should be relatively easy to find, though I realize what wines I can get in Arizona may not be the same wines filling the shelves of your favorite wine shop.  Today is an exception, I am reviewing a wine that I received through our Chateau Potelle wine club membership, but the wine is sold in some retail outlets.  Fairly recently, the winery rebranded its wine a bit to focus on its "VGS" designation, which simply an acronym for "Very Good Shit". If you do see their Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon on the shelves - the price will be more in the splurge wine range, but I highly recommend you try.  As long time wine club members, we have been invited to a wine blending event where we will get to choose our own blend of Bordeaux varietals from Chateau Potelle and create five cases of our very own blend. Words cannot describe how stoked I am to be able to participate in something like this... I hope we end up with good stuff?

OK, so enough about me - let's drink some Napa Valley Chardonnay!!

Wine: 2010 Chateau Potelle VGS Chardonnay
Region: Napa Valley
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
Obtained from: Purchased from Winery Wine Club, Last Years Shipment has been aging at home for 1 year.
Price: $36.00 member price, $45 retail.
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear, with a water white rim.
Aroma: Fresh green apple along with a hint of lemon and lemon rind.  This wine spends about 10 months in French oak barrels, and this provides some nice nutty and almost smokey aromas.
Taste: Nice level of acidity, quite complex with a great finish.  The apple and citrus aromas carry forward into the taste of the wine.  This wine would pair nicely with a heavier seafood dish or perhaps some buttery lobster.

The Grade: I give this one a A.  It is much easier for me to delve into the Weekend Wine or Splurge Wine cost categories with red wines, but I don't often do so with whites. Sometimes though, you can tell where the extra $$ goes - and you find a  white wine that is easily worth a few extra bucks. This wine is one of those - the complexity of the flavor, length of the finish, and the wonderful aromas - make it a wine that is worth the investment.

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