For a guy who is not that into chardonnay, I’ve found myself writing about a lot of chardonnay lately. It’s not that I have anything against it, it’s just that exciting to me as a wine varietal. But I’ve had some good chardonnay, some great chardonnay and some bad chardonnay over the years. This one falls into the good category.
This wine comes from R8 Wine Co in Sonoma, California. Affordability without sacrificing quality is one of their tenets to winemaking, which is one that I can get behind. They also produce their wine in relatively small batches, they only made 777 cases of this chardonnay.
They source the grapes from California growers, but it doesn’t have a specific appellation attribution. I wouldn’t consider this to be a fancy wine, but it’s a pleasant little bargain.
Melon, pear, banana and straw aromas give this wine an enjoyable nose. The palate brings pear, apple and melon flavors with good balance and sufficient acidity. The mouthfeel is nice, but nothing extraordinary. Overall, it’s a good wine and a good value.
Wine: R8 Wine Co. Chardonnay
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.