Friday, September 08, 2006

Beaulieu Vineyards Chardonnay Private Cellars 2005 wine review by (PB)

Reviews have been scant from (PB) due to a whopping cold that has compromised his taster! This is the last one til recovery takes place.

I found this on sale at a local supermarket for $7. The normal price is listed to be $13. I bought two bottles untasted figuring for $7, even if it’s just marginal, no loss. What can you expect from a $7 Chard?

It is lightly golden with a vanilla and crème brulee bouquet that I find pleasant with a light citrus note.

It has nice acid, good mouth feel and a nice finish with vanilla and oak throughout. If you like this style it’s decent enough at $7. But I put it head to head with Columbia Crest’s Two Vines 2003 Chardonnay also at a non-sale price point of $7.

Coulmbia Crest wins hands down. Both are good-with-food Chards so if you find the BV for $7 buy it, for $13, you could pass it by.


Murphy Twin B said...

I just found your blog. I'm a big wine drinker and fan. Where do you buy most of your wines? I like in the Los Angeles area and there are plenty of specialty wine stores here but I mostly buy reasonably priced wine to drink with dinner at Trader Joe's. I'm anxious to try some of the wines you suggest.

Anonymous said...

Well, Murphy Twin B
I could only WISH I lived in the LA area and had the variety of great, inexpensive wines, you have at your disposal. Here in Maine, we have none of the big chains like BevMo, Trader Joes, etc. so I have to HUNT. The great thing for you is that any wine I give a rave reveiw to, you should be able to find with little effort. Our blog specializes in reasonably priced wines because--alas--we have to buy our own wine. So thanks for stopping by and Raise a Glass! (PB)