We had the QQ open along with the Black Hills Nota Bene Chardonnay, which retails at about four dollars more. As a sipper the BH is gorgeous, butter on the tongue and a more luxe finish. But the QQ was better with dinner. Hands down. (Vegetarian main, cheeses, soup.) And on that score along, the gorgeous food friendly flexibility of the QQ, we nixed the BH post.
Strong, California Chardonnay notes, assertive vanilla, an almost synthetic almond and crisp Bosc pear. Lush but not louche, there is a tightness to this bottle that doesn’t lead to the full Black Hills expression, a sort of modesty, but from the first sip to the last hugely enjoyable. And not a bad price point to boot. A worthy award winner.
Price: $26 at Save-On Foods
Market Liquidity: Finally a contender in our price bracket.