Earlier today my sweetie and I decided to head out on our bikes. We rode about 9 miles out (uphill mostly), stopped to rehydrate in a cute little cafe, then rode back at a brisk but not withering pace. The day was beautiful if a little warm and muggy. We had a great time. What a nice experience! This evening as we entered full-on relaxation mode (after having taken showers, of course), I popped the cork on this inexpensive Chardonnay. Rutz is a winemaker I’d never tried before, so I was interested in seeing what it might be like. Now, I realize it’s cheap because … well, because I bought it. But as many of you already know about me, I am not at all averse to inexpensive table wines.
Winemaker: Rutz Cellars
Appellation: Sonoma County, California
Price: $5.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: A light-bodied Chardonnay, the Rutz had good acidity and 13.5% alcohol. On the palate I tasted mainly grapefruit with a hint of buttered toast and a bitter prickly-tongue finish. That was surprising to me because the flavors didn’t match the scents I thought I encountered in the bouquet. Didn’t hate it; didn’t love it. Anyway, I think I want to buy another bottle and see how that goes. Have any of you tried this selection? If yes, what was your experience?