Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Castano Macabeo Chardonnay 2007

Castano Macabeo Chardonnay 2007
Origin: Yecla, Spain
Blend: Macabeo (50%), Chardonnay (50%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: June 2009
Purchase Price: $10.99

Our review: Deep gold, this wine has rich aroma of tropical fruit and sweet spice. It is of moderate body on the palate, full flavored. The finish is only slightly unpleasant, just a bit too chalky.

Our rating: Sometimes we err and pick up a bottle of white wine blend with over 30% chardonnay (our typical cut-off for this blog). So this entry is an anomaly. Still, we rather enjoyed this wine, despite (and almost certainly not because of) the chardonnay. Quite complex, this wine would best pair with (somewhat ironically) a simple dish, like roasted chicken with potatoes and onions. Our score: Above Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Clean and shiny to the eye. Subtle and delicate nose which stands out by its intensity. White fruit (apples and melons) and nuts aromas, gentle smoked reminders of its brief barrel aging and somehow tropical. On the palate it is silky, wide, with a slight bitter impression which provides it with consistence."

Winery website: Bodega Castano.

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