2008 Los Vascos Chardonnay: Crisp texture; peach and lemon nose
nov. 20, 2010: my parents stopped by whole foods while they were in st. louis friday night to see "south pacific," and they brought back a filet of fresh white fish. greg baked it with shallots, salt and butter for about 20 minutes (it was delicious!) i sauteed mushrooms from aihua market with onions, butter, olive oil, salt, garlic salt, italian seasoning and herbes de provence. we also had steamed broccoli and potatoes.
this colchagua valley chilean from domaines barons de rothschild (lafite) was well-paired with the white fish. i thought the nose was somewhat peach and lemon. the texture was slightly acidic. greg thought the nose had scents of pears and honey, and that the texture was relatively smooth with some sourness to the end. this was our first chilean chardonnay. 14 percent alcohol. we'd both get it again. $12.49. schnucks on north green river.
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.