2004 CHATEAU SOUVERAIN



Tuesday/Wednesday, 5/29-30, Little Rock, AR
A two-day review was required for today's featured wine. The reason? I spent a little more than I usually do on a bottle of wine and #1 wanted to weigh in on this one. Her first comments about the 2004 Chateau Souverain from Sonoma County? Did you see how much this one cost? Okay, okay. I splurged on this one and spent $17.79 for the bottle. Way more than I would normally spend on a bottle of wine, but I'm constantly trying to expand my horizons and went out on a limb. #1 told me that she thought it must have been a misprint but I readily fessed up to purchasing it. This will be a he said, she said type of review:
He Said: This wine is one of those heavy, full of lots of fruit and flavors, in-your-face type of Chardonnay. When I poured this one the stem revealed a dark, golden color. On the nose lots of pears, apples, vanilla and oak. The first day of tasting revealed a thick, almost cut it with a knife, chardonnay loaded with the pears, vanilla, cream and citrus. Lots of spice made for a long finish that was just as "thick" at the end as it was in the beginning. The second day of tasting revealed more oak, cinnamon and apples but some of the "thickness" had dissipated. If you like gnarly, in-your-face, California chardonnay's, you will love this one. When I first started drinking chardonnay I would have easily given this one 5 Corkscrews but now that my taste buds have become a little more refined, ta ta, this type doesn't appeal to me as much. I gave this one 3 Corkscrews based on its taste and lack of real value.
She said: I really don't like this. Now #1 has had a refined palate for much longer than I have and said at first that she would only give this one 2 Corkscrews, at most. Too many flavors evident for her and way, way, over-the-top for her liking. On the second day she liked it a little better and said that it had mellowed somewhat. She also pointed out that it was too cold when she first tried it and that much of the chill was missing from the second day. We both attributed this to the fact that we've been keeping our white stemware in the cellar and that they have become too chilled when they are first brought out. A lesson learned. She begrudgingly agreed with the 3 Corkscrew rating but has threatened me for spending as much as I did. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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