Columbia Crest Grand-Estates 2009 Chardonnay, $8.49-$12.99, 89 points, scores, with me anyway, right up there with the $34.49 Beringer Private Reserve Napa Valley 2008 Chardonnay; is it as complex? Is it as rich? Is it as costly? Nein! Nein! Nein! What it is, is delicious; yes, it has a bit of sun-lit gold, aroma of woody pear and a hint of lemon, and the palate is dominated by a pear-cream-soda, and finishes with a smooth vanilla that reveals gentle oak, Malolatic fermentation, and batonnage.
The Columbia Crest Estates Chardonnay is a relaxed alcohol of 13.5%.This is a good stand alone wine, or pair it with fish, lobster, or almost anything. There are rules with food pairing, but if you have a wine this good, the only rule is: do you enjoy it?
What I find so amazing is how Columbia Crest continues to make such good wines at such a value price. QPR is big here.
Don't forget my recommendation for great gift giving last Christmas:
Cabernet: Under $10.00
Columbia Crest Grand Estates ($8.99)
"#25 of the Top 100 Best Buys of 2010"-Wine And Spirits-November 01, 2010
NH Wineman says: Hands down your Best Bet (My opinion for under $10.00) for insightful gift-giving this Christmas.
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