Normally I review red wines. I like red wines! Every once in a while it is good to try a white wine just to reaffirm my love for the Vino Rosso. As my father always says, "Variety is the spice of life." This week I gave it a shot with a well known Chardonnay vintner, Chateau St. Jean, and its 2007 Chardonnay ($14).
My taste in white wine is different from red. In white wine I love butter. I want something that tastes like you are licking a stick of the cholesterol "causer." The more butter the better. I love oak in red but I find it heavy in a white wine.
I uncorked the Chardonnay and let it breathe for about 20 minutes. (Tip: Make sure you let it breathe because if you drink a wine right out of the fridge, you will find that your first smell and taste will be all alcohol.) The smell to this was very refreshing I could pick up fruit, especially apples, pears and a bit of grapefruit. There is also a nice hint of vanilla that grows as you continue to sniff it. My most important test always comes in the taste. Would it leave me wanting more?
The taste was very fruity. Some would call it clean or refreshing whatever the taste was, it was pleasing and then it hit. It was as if I were eating a heavily buttered piece of toast. I loved it! The best part, that buttery taste, stays with you, almost like you are chewing it causing you to want another sip. Shockingly, this red wine lover was willing to polish off the bottle with dinner.
As for a recommendation, if you are looking for a reasonably priced white wine that goes well with a turkey, chicken or a white fish then you will not be disappointed in the Chateau St. Jean 2007 Chardonnay.
Don Colman, the Everyday Wine Guy lives in Danville and can be reached at email@example.com