Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gavilan Chalone Appellation Chardonnary, 2012

Gavilan is a second label of Chalone, but there is nothing second class about this wine.

Brilliant light to medium gold. Green pears and Granny Smith apples, freshly sliced with a coating of lemon. The aromatic intricacies of this wine are incredible; I can't quit sniffing and get something new from every sniff. Fresh on the palate but, again, with the intracies more common in a mature wine. Beautifully balanced.

For $16.99 (Village Corner in Ann Arbor), this wine gives me more than I would expect from a $20 to $30 New World Chardonnay. Chalone is dedicated to making Burgundy-like Chardonnay and Pinot. And, with this 2012 Chardonnay, I would say they have succeeded.

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