Vampire Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

Around here we really like Chardonnay. I’ve read all about “Anything But Chardonnay” and how it is overdone and “passé“, but we don’t care about that and are in a quest to find the best Chardonnay at the right price. So I’ll be posting a lot of it on my blog. I guess the real reason we started drinking it is we found it went really well with buttered popcorn (we’re not the only ones who agree with this).

Recently we’ve stumbled upon this bottle and have had it a few times. Now I don’t normally buy wines with cute names but I’m glad I balked this trend and picked this off the shelves.

See: This wine has a nice straw (yellow) colour to it, not overly intense. Thin legs.

Smell: This wine bursts with fruity flavour. The most powerful aroma is pear, but also some apple, bits of honey or caramel, and quite a bit of flower smells after you’ve been at it a while. While fruity, the smell doesn’t overwhelm the wine and make it seem over-extracted.

Taste: The wine is medium to full bodied with more tree fruit flavours. The second time we tried it seemed to have a slight oily texture in the mouth, which isn’t bad, just different than some wines. There is quite a bit of refreshing acidity as the wine goes through the mouth and it ends in a long, dry, crisp finish.

Conclusion: We like warm climate Chardonnays a lot but are not fans of overly fruity and thick versions. Something that is a bit subtle is more to our liking. This wine doesn’t disappoint. While fruity it has the proper structure and balance to make it an enjoyable experience. On top of that, who can complain about a $16 bottle of wine from Napa Valley being this tasty. For this wine a 7.5/10.

  • Chardonnay
  • USA, California, Napa Valley
  • 2011 – 13.5%
  • Vampire Vinyards
  • $15.75 at Chateau Wine and Spirits (Lacombe)
  • Real cork

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