Just enough Chardonnay. That’s how we refer to the Haywire gray label Crush Pad that vats its plonk in concrete. Just enough. Gismondi was very kind, “streamlined and textural” but he could have just as easily said “simple and straightforward.”
But on a blind test down at, say, Far Niente, what would they say? Maybe “ribbon for participation.” And at Grgich Hills? Snarky, “go for broke, but don’t go broke tryin’.” Liberty might even be pleasant, “you’re on the right track.” Over at Kistler, well they might say something I couldn’t print in the blog. And Ridge? Just bug eyes and a “get your act together” face. How embarrassing for Ridge. You really feel for them having to blind taste BC whites. So it takes all types. All types of Chardonnays. And this is one type. It ain’t no heavy hitter, but it is, just enough, just enough Chardonnay.
Price: Around $28 before taxes at most private shops.
Market Liquidity: It’s no Rockette but it can do backup.