Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wine Review: Llano Estacado Cellar Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Llano Estacado Cellar Reserve Chardonnay 2015

This is the fourth of five wines that I'll be reviewing for Llano Estacado out of TEXAS! Yes, TEXAS! I started with the 2016 Pinot Grigio, then 2015 Viognier2015 Signature Red, now 2015 Cellar Reserve Chardonnay and finally 2014 THP Montepulciano.

Spanish monks made Texas and New Mexico the first of the would-be-states in today's USA to grow vineyards and make their own wine in the 1620's. Llano Estacado was established in Western Texas in 1976, and has become the best selling premium winery in the state. Their current winemaker Greg Bruni took over that position in 1993.

The 2015 Cellar Reserve Chardonnay is 100% Chardonnay, mostly from the Mont Sec Vineyard. It was cold fermented in stainless steel before spending 318 days on the lees in neutral French oak. It saw complete malolactic fermentation and has a 13.2% ABV.

NOTE: In advance of moving to a new house and the arrival of a new baby, the reviews for March, April and May were all written in February and may be much quicker and to the point than you expect from this blog. Foolishness will return this summer.

Leading into Valentines Day I wrote a love letter to Chardonnay and I meant every single word of it. It's become the top love of my wine life. Don't mess this up, Texas.

The wine is a very attractive gold in color. Upon the very first sniff I can smell the butterscotch and the vanilla telling me that I'm home. There's also aromas of pineapple and ginger hanging out. It's medium bodied, creamy in mouthfeel and low in acidity. There's a musky flavor on the palate along with chunky pineapple, canned pear juice and banana phloem. It finishes with chunky pineapple, oak, and a little touch of butterscotch.

This is a nice Chardonnay that I really enjoyed, especially the nose, but I think $20 might be a little bit too much. So I'm sticking it right between Satisfying and Recommended in price vs quality.

Price: $20
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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