Thursday, July 12, Geneva, IL
In a continued effort to do justice to some of the great wine we had on vacation, I offer another review of a wine we had at our next neighborhood function. Myra and Mark, two more great friends from the old hood, were our hosts this evening and provided today's reviewed wine. A 2005 Qupe Chardonnay was the wine we started with and enjoyed throughout the evening. One bottle out of 4,800 cases produced made this one somewhat limited in availability. Wines like this can usually be found in the Chicagoland area but I will probably be hard-pressed to find it here in Arkansas. Mark gave me the honor of opening this one and I promptly poured a glass. On the nose I picked up cream, citrus and peaches. Once the first taste mingled on the tongue for awhile, I noted flavors of vanilla cream, toasted walnut and smokey oak. A great balance of flavors and acidity made for a delightful finish. We thoroughly enjoyed this bottle and I ended up giving it 4 Corkscrews. I based this rating on taste and value at around $20/bottle. It didn't rise to the "special" occasion level that yesterday's reviewed wines did, but it wasn't as expensive either. Good, very good, solid Chardonnay that I recommend. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Good Wine With Good Friends!

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