Sunday, March 20, 2011

Three Knights (Russian River) Chardonnay 2008 review by (PB)


Medium golden hue with vanilla pudding and tropical fruit in volumes with minerally notes but a bit "manufactured all in all."

Palate--A bit flabby on the palate but decent Chardonnay flavors with light citrus and tropical fruit compote, with a later presence of honey. Actually drinks better (more genuinely) than it smells.

This is a Trader Joe's wine running $7 which, for a Russian River Chardonnay, is a value price if it is a decent wine. I have a mixed assessment about this wine. There are moments when it is really quite varietal and pleasant but it lacks a foundation befitting the rest of the wine. So--its get a grip time: A decent Russian River Chard should run you around $20--$30 so you have to take that into consideration.

All in all, it has commendable flavors but wanting structure; still for $7, it is a decent quaffing Chard especially with a chill on it which will help mask the lack of acidity. Not a great food wine but for a porch party in the Summer, raise a glass!

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