Gnarly Head Chard 2009

I have been sipping quite a few reds in recent days, so I decided to mix it up and chose a Chardonnay this go-round.  Here is yet another label I’ve seen in stores but haven’t popped the cork on previously.  One of my local merchants recommended the Gnarly Head Zin over the holidays when I was looking for a specific wine she didn’t have, but I went a different direction then.  I’ll have to come back to that at some point.  In the meantime, here’s what I found in one of the Gnarly Head whites.

Winemaker:  Gnarly Head
Wine: Chard
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage: 2009
Appellation:  California
Price: $8.99

Notes:  This was the very last of the ’09 on the shelf at the store.  It was sitting right next to and in front of a slew of 2010s.  Given that this one has a name “Chard” and the 2010 is just labeled as Chardonnay, I was intrigued.  It’s odd: the flavor profile of this Chardonnay is on the heavier side, but the flavor intensity and the wine aren’t.  I found ripe pineapple, citrus and toasty oak on the nose leading to flavors of ripe pineapple, toasty oak, lemon, guava and citrus zest on the finish.  Color in the glass is light yellow to the eye, viscocity is modest, and acidity is a little under bright.  Alcohol, on the other hand, is a little higher than the average Chardonnay at 14% ABV.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer. 

3 thoughts on “Gnarly Head Chard 2009

    • When you say assessment, I assume you mean my own personal preferences regarding this particular wine. No, I wasn’t trying to get around it. I liked the wine just fine! I didn’t love it, but I know I’m not going to love every wine. For that I would have preferred either brighter acidity or more intensity in the flavors. But that’s just me.

      • Hahahaha, thanks! That is exactly what I was looking for. I am always trying to understand my fellow bloggers and what triggers them to like wines and what not, so this is key to my understanding. Thanks a ton for sharing!!

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