It's warm outside so I'm looking for something a little lighter to sip after dinner. Wanting something a little different I opted for a wine from a vintner I hadn't encountered before and chose this Chardonnay from Finnegan's Lake whose philosophy is "to make an everyday Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that are fresh, lively, and complex while at the same time bringing to the market wines that are keeping with the environmental sustainability of the community in which they are grown." Well having tried their Chardonnay I would definitely like to taste their Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chardonnay is rather French in style, possibly Chablis or maybe Macon. It's a lighter Chardonnay and while oaked it doesn't overwhelm you with what can often be the California style of heavy-handedness with the oak. The wine is bright, nice notes of citrus (lemon) with traces of green apple and spice on the nose. The palate gets what the nose promises with just the slightest trace of creaminess. Add to this a solid acid structure and you get a pleasant, light but lingering finish that made this a happy surprise I picked up for $10. Now the hard part, finding their Cab!
Number of wines reviewed in 2010: 42