Saturday, September 03, 2005

Cuvaison Chardonnay 2003 (NW)

In the interest of full disclosure, Paterno Wines was very generous to provide us with several complimentary bottles of Cuvaison wine. My assumption is that they are in the process of trying to strengthen the awareness of this label. The wine was sent to us at The Wine Cask and arrived just in time to be enjoyed with my fellow blogger PB.

Cuvaison Chardonnay 2003:

Tropical fruit, some honey, and sweet spice on the nose and palate
Good backbone and just enough acidity
A touch of butter on the creamy finish

This Chardonnay was enjoyed on its own and later with a plate of bruschetta. It seems like a very versatile wine with the ability to pair well with food. The grapes are grown in the Carneros region, which produces high quality Chardonnay known for well-balanced fruit and a buttery finish. The suggested retail price is $24, which is fairly typical of a good Carneros Chardonnay. However, if it's meant to be an every day white wine, a price point below $20 would be more reasonable. Overall, the wine is very well-balanced and versatile. Raise a glass!

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