Yet another new winemaker [new to me] on the shelves of my local Whole Foods! Sometimes it pays to get a birds-eye view. In this case, I’m talking about going upstairs to the little café Whole Foods has on an upper level that overlooks the store. I happened to run into a friend up there, and we chatted while standing against the railing. As we caught up, I explained to him that my mission on this visit was to rummage through the wine selections because I’m a wine blogger now which he seemed to thing was, um … interesting. lol Anyway, during the chat, I glanced across the huge expanse of the store, and my eye caught sight of a display of wine bottles NOT located in the wine section but very near the dairy section instead. (Don’t ask me why they were there! I guess that’s where they had the space available.) With a sign atop them that read $4.99, I couldn’t resist, could I? By the way, based on the winery’s locales I’m thinking that this is another label from The Wine Group. If anybody has the 411 on that, please leave a comment.
Winemaker: Harthill Farm Vineyards
Price: $4.99 at Whole Foods
Notes: In the glass, this Chardonnay was a vibrant yellow. On the nose I caught whiffs of pear, oak and lemon. The body was medium (for a white), acidity was good, and alcohol was at 12.5%. Flavors for me were pear, lemon and oak with hints of pineapple. On the finish there was a green herbal flavor – not quite grass, but along those lines. On the finale with the herbal note, the citrus played on the palate and lingered quite a long time. In addition, there was a chalkiness to this Harthill Farm white that, while initially adding interest, became a bit annoying by the last sip. Overall, I’d say this is a fairly decent Chardonnay for the price. I wouldn’t recommend this for just sipping due to the chalkiness, but I’m sure it would be fine with food. With it’s light sweetness and citrus flavor component, I’m guessing it might be good with fish tacos.
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