Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wine Review: Black's Station Yolo County Chardonnay 2015

Black's Station Chardonnay 2015

My old friends at Matchbook Wine Company are back on the blog! I've done a lot of work with Matchbook, as you can see by doing a quick search on the blog or by clicking this link. And if you'd like to learn more about Matchbook, just read my article A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company.

This time I'll be checking out their new label, Black's Station. Black's Station is what the town of Zamora, within Dunnigan Hills, used to be named when it was founded. Needless to say, the vineyards that make these wines are in Zamora. Today I'm tasting Black's Stations 2015 Chardonnay, then 2015 Malbec, then 2014 Red Blend, and finally 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon.

I know I promised you that this summer I'd return to the kind of reviews and articles you've come to expect from me, and also go back to three posts a week instead of two, but I gotta break that promise for the time being. Yes, my wife and I had our second child. She's pretty awesome. However, she also has colic and is very very needy. Especially at night. We now realize how easy the first one was! So, although I'm glad to say that I will still be posting, it'll only be twice a week and the reviews will be rather short. Also, I'm sorry I haven't been all that responsive and talkative on social media. But don't worry, my friends. We'll get back to the immature hijinks and captivating history soon enough.

The 2015 Chardonnay was 65% barrel fermented, 35% stainless steel fermented, and 90% barrel aged in a combination of French, American and European oak (22% new oak barrels, 78% two to five year old oak barrels).

The color of the wine is a golden yellow. Toasty oak is the head aroma in charge, backed up with a healthy helping of ginger, and a sampling of pineapple and banana. It's full bodied with a creamy and buttery mouthfeel and low acidity. There's flavors of pineapple, pears, cantaloupe and ginger, and it finishes long with a smooth coating of caramel apple.

This is what Chardonnay at $12 SHOULD be. Throw out your oak-staved, sweetened pear juice and give this sucker a try. It's undeniably Chardonnay and undeniably the real deal.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $12
Rating: 4/5 = 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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