Garland Crest Chardonnay
January 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
Score: 6.7 – Good Drop
About the Wine: This wine gets a good drop rating because for the price it does offer better value than many of the other $9.99 and under wines on the market. It’s a well made value Chardonnay that offers simple fruit flavours of apple and melon on a balanced, yet not too complex, palate. The finish is short and clean.
Value: If I only had $9.99 to spend I would choose this Chardonnay over the likes of Naked Grape, Copper Moon & Barefoot. This is a truer wine, simple straight forward and decent. I wouldn’t, however trade down from the likes of Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay. I would trade up to Lindeman’s everyday.
Added Value: This is a Comfort Food wine as it is great with a simple brothy soup or stir fry. This is also a good one for Weddings where budget is key.
More To The Story: Although it is not apparent on the nose or palate, this wine comes from a wine co-op in the La Mancha region of Spain. Like most co-ops they will bottle the same wine under multiple labels. This can mean that the same wine is under a different name at the chain down the street. That is the case here. You can find the exact same wine at Everything Wine but it is called Belle Grove Chardonnay.
Service: Chill it down. If it is too warm it will lose its balance, if too cold the fruit flavours become muted.
Store Section: Spain
Appellation: Castillo La Mancha
Available: Private Liquor Stores only
Alcohol: 11.5 %
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