The dragon is in the swallow. Pleasingly sharp bite tackles mid-way in the mouth before spiraling its way down the throat, fire and claws and all. But this is a helpful dragon, one you would especially want to accompany you with an elaborate multi-tiered plateau de fruits de mer (seafood platter) or rich fish steak or fillet. (The more multi-course the foods of the sea, the better.) Has the mouth feel and cleansing power of ginger, with the aroma of lemon-lime infused fruit punch, and a flavor of apricot, a bit of Asian pear, and maybe a little pineapple and nutmeg, with a white chocolate finish. Enjoy trying various types of ethnic dishes to get an unusual reaction from this wine each time.
Value more worthwhile or acceptable at a sale price, unless you are absolutely craving a Chardonnay with something a little different and unexpected to offer.
- Grape: 100% Chardonnay.
- 14% alcohol by volume.
- Best enjoyed: Lightly chilled, within two days after opening.
- Best paired with: Large seafood platters; rich fish dishes; rice, white bean, and noodle based dishes with Asian or Indian seasonings; very pungent (garlicy, peppery, pickled or fermented) but only mildly spicy dishes and seasonings so as to not overpower the soft flame of the wine; citrus or floral sorbet; coconut cream; extra bittersweet chocolate.
- Bottle opened: 2013 April 20th
- Wine tasted & review written: 2013 April 21st
- Price: $25 (retail)
- Place of purchase: Burritt’s, Traverse City