2004 GUENOC CHARDONNAY




Friday/Sat., 4/13-14, Fresno, CA to Little Rock, AR
After spending the afternoon and early evening trekking around Yosemite and Vernal Falls, I collapsed into my bed at the hotel just after setting my alarm. At 5:15 a.m. I was rudely awakened by said alarm and was at Fresno Airport by 6:15 a.m. for a 7:03 a.m. flight to L.A. Beautiful day for flying and after a smooth landing I settled in for an hour layover. At 9:30 I was on board American Airlines headed for Dallas/Fort Worth Airport with a 3:25 p.m. connecting flight to Little Rock that would have me landing before 5:00 p.m. My first problem was getting on an American Airlines flight. Anytime I've ever had problems with flights the names American Airlines and/or United Airlines, always seem to be involved. Today would be no exception! Landing at DFW with plenty of time, I discovered that my 3:25 p.m. connection had been cancelled for "mechanical" problems which I believe is American's shorthand for "the flight wasn't full enough". Having been moved to a 5:25 p.m. flight I settled in for a long wait, much longer than even I could anticipate. After horrendous weather moved in and out and in and out of Dallas, I finally boarded a flight to Little Rock and it was wheels up at 12:15 a.m. with a smooth landing at 1:30 a.m. Can you say long day? Needless to say I collapsed into bed and made it through Saturday afternoon. Saturday night we uncorked the 04 Guenoc Chardonnay for a much needed glass. On the nose I picked up scent of apples and a little lime. On the tongue I tasted lemon, apricot, green apples, just a touch of oak and had a nice, smooth finish. A good solid wine for drinking by itself, or with a nice chicken dish which accompanied this. I give this one 3 corkscrews because the taste was slightly above average and at $10.99/bottle I need a little more to bump that rating up. I would drink this again, especially if I can find it at a cheaper price point, which may be hard to do because Guenoc has evidently been purchased, merged or changed their corporate name to Langtry Estate & Vineyards so I'm not sure if prices will go up, the Guenoc name will change, or what. If you've got some insight, please let me know. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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