Orin Swift "Mannequin" California 2013 Chardonnay, $24.64-$28.99, 93 points, was a deep burnish brass color.
Aromatic honeysuckle, kiwi, hints of orange peel, black pepper, and pome blossoms were excellent.
Full-bodied, viscous, and smooth as velvet.
Good acidity activated flavors reflective of the aromas, and considering that textually it was like drinking a delicious olive-oil, that acidity was an absolute necessity.
Finished long on hints of apricot, tropical fruit, and ginger, with an amazingly integrated 15.5% alcohol.
After breathing for some time the wine transitioned from fruity to a more oaky noticeably Chardonnay varietal.
Considering these varietals: 76% Chardonnay, 8% Viognier, 6% Marsanne, 5% Grenache Blanc, 3% Muscat and 2% Roussanne, it's not surprising that the Orin Swift "Mannequin" isn't like any other Chardonnay I've tasted, and the label isn't like any other as well.
Paired perfectly with my smoked pork goulash, but would pair well with lobster, shrimp, crab, and most rich seafood.
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