2005 CASTLE ROCK BARREL FERMENTED CENTRAL COAST CHARDONNAY




Thurs.-Fri., August 2-3, Little Rock, AR
The stifling heat continues with no let up in sight. In fact, it's supposed to be in the high 90's all next week. Oh well. Could be raining. A line from an old, old movie. Today's wine is one I tried over a two day period as I couldn't get a good read on it the first day. I feel like the second day's tasting was much more indicative of how this wine is supposed to taste. Dark golden in color, the 2005 Castle Rock Chardonnay from the California Central Coast exhibited lots of vanilla and melon on the nose. On the palate I picked up flavors of citrus, some of the vanilla evidenced in the nose, and what I consider to be heavy oak. Not that that's a bad thing. In fact, I quite liked it in this wine as it wasn't overbearing and the finish was very smooth. I paid $10.99/bottle for this one, on sale, and based on that price I could only give it 3 Corkscrews. A wine such as this one could probably be bought in most areas for $6-7/bottle and at that price it would be a much better value. It's card night and I'm hopeful a little luck will accompany me to the table. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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