De Martino Legado Reserve Chardonnay, 2011

846There are two ways to consider this wine. The first is that it’s an unsophisticated, inoffensive, pale imitator to great Chardonnays. It is. But there is a flip side: It’s lightly nuanced, aspires to what the French have mastered, and has none of the usual cloying characteristics in so many inexpensive new world Chardonnays. We liked it. It has more tropical fruit notes than stone, a nominal nose but decent finish, and worked well on a summer night with cold salads and cheese. The price point can’t be beat. I wouldn’t recommend a case but I would recommend a few restaurants add this to their lists.

 

Price: $16.99 BC Liquor.

 

Market Liquidity: Better than much of its competition, price-wise.

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