Like the Butter Chardonnay that I recently sampled, this is a California blend, but I liked it much better. (Granted the price point is slightly higher, ranging from $18.00-$20.00 a bottle. For that amount, I expect to be gratified.) According to the producer, the grapes are primarily from Carneros in Napa valley. No doubt it helps that this is not an extremely young wine, but a 2009.
The buttery mouthfeel and flavor of good California Chardonnay are there in abundance, with a touch of well-blended oak. The richness is offset by the acidity and savor of tropical fruit, which reminded me of fresh pineapple. A great combination. I would consider buying a case of this one, except that the 2009 is mostly sold out. Maybe it’s time to sample the newer vintages and lay down a few bottles.
- The Ferrari-Carano Winery (wine.answers.com)