2007 Benziger Carneros Chardonnay: Petroleum nose, but fun and fruity flavor
nov. 10, 2010: talk about contrasts. it was just a winetasting, meaning ron at winetree poured us one medicine-sized plastic cup full of this californian. yet the nose was, to me, instant oil, and that was kind of freaky, seeing as how the actual gas station was two walls and an intersection away from us. but i think, okay, i'm bigger than just the first impression: i can look beyond this. so i take a sip, and this sonama county speciman is good: green apple like a chardonnay should be (none of that buttery malolactic fermentation for me), and slightly sweet. it's a tasty wine, and i'm hoping that the nose on this particular bottle was just an anomaly. would get a full bottle, definitely. i didn't get the alcohol percentage, sorry. photo credit: http://www.snooth.com/
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.