Sunday, February 25, 2007

Girard Chardonnay 2004 wine review by (PB)

I am down in Boston at (NW's) trying to get to Chicago but of course winter weather has changed those plans. Just by chance, I happen to be here with (NW) on what is called Open the Bottle Night. This is Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher's invention to give people a reason to open that special bottle of wine. If you collect win eat all, you probably suffer from what we all suffer with that "special bottle." The "special" occasion that would warrant opening it just kind of never comes so Gaiter and Brecher of the Wall Street Journal have given us all permission and reason to do so. Great idea--especially when you're at someone else's home with a nice cellar!!!

This was the first bottle (NW) selected for the evening. This Russian River Chard is pale straw with an apple note on the bouquet with a buttery, gentle spice nose with a touch of vanilla.

In the mouth this wine isn't quite a crisp as I prefer but it sure isn't flabby either. It gives a sweet impression yet it's not sweet and it is a bit understated for a Russian River Chard. It has a lovely texture with a nice pineapple and green apple finish.

(NW) paid $14 for this wine but it was $20 and he got $6 knocked off because the label--the back label--was damaged. For $14, it was a very nice Chard. For $20, it was okay but nothing special. Raise a glass to OTBN.

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