2007 Cuvaison Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley
You see, I'm keeping my word - another Californian chardonnay. The last bottle, La Crema, although far from transcendant, really increased my confidence in the Americans. Ready to explore more.
Carneros is one of the premiere areas of California for chardonnay - this one was reasonably priced at $27. But prices are all relative.
Bright yellow, very pale colour. Initial muskiness that becomes very creamy. This flavour, of course, comes not from the terroir but from an extended aging on the lees. Tricky Californians. Trying to convince people that lees aging gives chardonnay its true taste. Good fruit, lots of buttery texture. This is a big, American wine. Not very subtle, but, at least it keeps true to its type.
What disturbs me most is the alcohol. Becomes very hot on the finish, destroying any balance it possesses. What's worse is that after I drank half the bottle, I wanted to go lie down. The ability to intoxicate is not the quality of a world class wine.