Hard to find. To be clear, this is not the cardboard box Chardonnay you see all over the place. Who am I to knock a box of wine when I’ve never tasted it? It just seems the sort of conflict of interest that needs to be stated though (because, even if, or when, we taste the box, I’m unlikely to ever bother writing a review.) This is a very rich Chardonnay, in a bottle (!), lush and luxe to the point, for some, of being cloying, overflowing in that oak cum butterscotch cum Roger’s golden syrup texture you’d expect from any number of California premiums. But for $25 it’s a truly remarkable value in the BC wine world and nothing to sniff at, particularly for those who are fans of the barrel aged whites. I beg to differ with the vineyard that it would complement decadent foods such as pasta in an Alfredo sauce, that just seems like fire with fire. We found it had a symmetry with an uber-healthy barley asparagus arugula risotto, where the weight of the wine isn’t fighting with the food. But, ideally, a simple broiled white fish filet would pair up a dream. Sauce free.
I am torn on recommending it highly, given that it teeters towards overkill, and I can find any number of reasons why it won’t top out in the 90 point region for pointsters, but that said it will become a regular in the household. If, I’ll add again, we can find it.
Price: $25 at Swirl (RIP). Bargoon.
Market Liquidity: For those who like this sort of thing it’s a knockout.