Monday, December 10, 2012

Mendocino Vineyards Mendocino County Chardonnay, 2009

I've searched all over the internet and can't find a reference to Mendocino Vineyards except for this 2009 Chardonnay. The label says the grapes are 100% organic and that the wine was bottled and cellared by Mendocino Vineyards (wherever that might be). The appellation, though, is Mendocino County. It's a large appellation with both cool and hot areas, but this wine is showing the acidity you would expect from a relatively cool climate.

Medium deep gold. Green apples, lime. There is a vanillin, lime oak presence but it doesn't get in the way of Chardonnay smells and flavors. Brisk acidity and some pleasing ripeness on the finish. I like this. More like a Macon than a typical New World Chardonnay.

I doubt that I'll ever track down Mendocino Vineyards; it's probably a second label of a better known winery. The wine, though, is being closed out at Harding's Markets in Kalamazoo for $5.99 and, for that ;price, I'm going back for more.

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