An exploration of wine

443. Jayson, Chardonnay Napa Valley, 2005

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Book 3 Wine 443

c. $45; 14.9%

Pretty expensive for what it is, but then again, I guess that Napa Chardonnay is exactly that – expensive. More or less in the classic style – full-bodied, pretty rich fruit, with a decent (but not overblown) dose of malolactic. Vanilla from oak there too, but pretty well balanced against the ripe tropical, melon aromatics. The most notable feature I found on the palate was quite prominent alcohol, which showed through at the finish. Looking back at the label, I see it’s not really surprising – 14.9%! Nevertheless, did go down well with the American-influenced audience at Cristiana’s Optimor Barbeque.

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