From one of my trips up north last year – I’m having this with a cod, potato, and cabbage dish from Blue Apron.
Hawthorne Barrel Reserve Chardonay (2013) Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan – $25
Color: straw yellow.
Aroma: lemon and Golden Delicious apple fruit, with just a touch of vanilla.
Taste: very well-balanced, and quite rich in texture – more apple fruit, with lemon underneath. The oak and vanilla notes are subdued and harmonious; this is not a typical oaky Chard. The finish is quite long, on both the mid-palate and the back of the tongue, and coats the mouth nicely with fruit and a hint of lanolin.
Pairing: it opens up a little more with some warmth and the food, and exhibits some tropical notes – especially pineapple. A great foil for the earthiness of the food.
Recommended! This easily competes with Chardonnays in the same price range from California. I see from their website that this vintage is sold out now – if you were lucky enough to snag some, you’re in for a real treat. I’ll be checking out more recent vintages soon.