Sunday, March 02, 2008

Side Show "The Juggler" 2004 wine review by (PB)

This wine is Mendoza blend of Chenin Blanc (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) but it's awkward. The "Side Show" wines with the odd labels, names, graphics and text have tended toward decent value wines all in the $9 range with their sourced grapes from here, there and everywhere.

This is my first white "Sideshow" wine I think and it is a bit strange. It fails as a Chenin and a Chardonnay with a unique bouquet of sweet fruit, celery, cream notes and something that I can only describe as a chemically plastic sort of odor.

The palate is fairly solid with citrus notes but again fighting for identity and all in all it just doesn't work. The juggler drops the ball on this one so let it bounce away and try something else. (After thought--this wine is 4 years old and actually, I think it is simply on its way out!)

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