2009 Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay, Carneros, CA, $31 – Rating 91
I’ll admit it, my guilty pleasure…butter and oak in a well-made Chardonnay. Rombauer has been the iconic standard bearer of this genre forever. Call it too big or overblown… I call it a delicious. The rich Carneros fruit produces well rounded flavors of tropical fruit, honeydew, ripe pear, peach and red apple that are enhanced by vanilla from toasty oak and decadent hints of creamy butter. A wine friend recently called Rombauer “Cougar Crack”… These cats obviously know a thing or two about good chardonnay! Rombauer Chardonnay paired wonderfully with grilled lemon-pepper chicken served with melons and berries topped with poppy seed dressing.
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