DeLoach Russian River Chardonnay, 2012


Chain mail. It has a steely front, a stony note, and a gun metal finish. Piquant, but not pleasantly so. This hard hitting granite-like style of Chardonnay reaches an apex with, e.g., (the 2½ times the price) Grgich Hills. A wine we love to drink but not to buy… And the De Loach gets a lot of love online too. Cold, lukewarm, or room temperature, it never loses that brutal façade. People must lust after this stainless steel exterior as it tends to end up on heaps of top ten CA Chard lists. A good accompaniment I would imagine with an oily fish, but disappointing on its own. And, somehow, it’s missing the finer floral, buttery notes reminiscent of Burgundy, certainly without the depth we’d anticipated based on other reviews. It’s the sort of wine a guest will ante up a few extra bucks for to impress a host but for which it’s also OK not to open on the night.  It drank very well with a Cobb Salad.

 

Gorgeous Cobb Salad.  Somehow I deleted the pic of the bottle.  Oh well, the star was the food in this case...
Gorgeous Cobb Salad. Somehow I deleted the pic of the bottle. Oh well, the star was the food in this case…

Price: $16 US somewhere in WA.

 

Market Liquidity: It could be Semillon.

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