Rutz Cellars Chardonnay 2013

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
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2013
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?

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