A California chardonnay that’s not overly Californian, this wine is big yet citric. There’s a pronounced lime character in both aroma and finish. A touch of glycerol in the mouthfeel that betrays its New World origins, and the faint whiff of tropical coconut that emerges some time after the bottle has been opened confirms this. Though it starts out lighter, as the wine warms it seems to strengthen in the glass. With plenty of body and flavor, this wine is a good accompaniment for fish. Recommended. BSE

WHO: Jordan
WHAT: 100% Chardonnay
WHERE: Russian River Valley, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $28 (media sample)


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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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2 Responses

  1. Lisa

    Thanks, Becky! I’m so glad you enjoyed the latest vintage. Rob has been fine-tuning the style since 2005, backing off even more on the malolactic. Hope all is well in Boston.