Sonoma-Cutrer, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2011

060Too much money for not enough wine but wonderful wine nonetheless.  That’s not what you read in wine reviews because reviewers don’t pay after tax dollars for wine but as much as we liked this white—particularly its steely Chablis-ishness and its near-addictive mineral finish—we just couldn’t stomach the $24 USD (which converts to Canadian at $30).


I think it could drink well with Chinese.  I mean that as a compliment.  Would wash down any Asian food a tad on the greasy side.  But it could saddle up nice to salmon or artisanal cheese as you would expect.  If you were thinking Sauv Blanc you could pass this off instead.  As an aperitif, it was lovely.  It has much more flexibility than the regular run of the mill and dominant chards of your everyday California sort, isn’t cloying or drowned in oak-fiber or overflowing in that faux garden potpourri we’ve witnessed in plonk at parties.  But it lacks the refinement and even excitement of, say, the Grgich Hill we had last week and leans toward an acid tang, not the butterscotch lushness of a cru Burgundy.


Price: $24 USD.


Market Liquidity: When second best will do.

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