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After our disappointment with Mer Soleil Silver, I was interested to see whether the oaked version of the Chardonnay had more character. Especially given this lush description from their website:

Golden-­‐hued in color, this wine opens up with opulent fruit aromas of pineapple, peach, citrus notes and banana. The expression in the mouth is soft, round and elegant with flavors of lemon zest, apple pie, vanilla bean and buttered toast. It has a rich and luscious mouth-­‐feel with bright acidity on the finish.

Now, I adore wine descriptors and consider them a form of erotic poetry. But this is a bit over the top. It reminds me of Willy Wonka’s three-course meal in a stick of gum: Tomato soup! Roast beef with baked potato! Crispy skin and butter! Blueberry pie!

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The reality was a little less exciting. There’s a nice big burst of flavor when you taste the wine. Bold oak is present with tart apple over the basic chardonnay flavor. Somehow I missed out on the pineapple and peach. Maybe there was a bit of vanilla bean. But I have another objection: it’s sweet, not just in the nose but on the tastebuds. To me that’s a deal breaker in a chardonnay.

Anyone who links Marvin and Chardonnay has my attention!