Wine of the Week
New for 2013! This weekly review of new releases from the personal wine cellar of Dwight The Wine Doctor is a critical review designed to highlight the notable creations of innovative winemakers. Besides exploring value, Wine of the Week hopes to open the gateway to new wine discoveries that excite the palate while remaining mindful of value that’s easy on the pocketbook.
This week: Clos Du Bois North Coast Chardonnay-2011 ($14).
Just in time for the start of summer is this lush, juicy Chardonnay for well under $20, a rarity for good California Chardonnay. This fragrant, mouth-filling beauty is perfect for summertime cookouts and al fresco brunches. Highly rated (Wine Spectator 83 points), it’s like a walk through your local farmer’s market, with the smell of crisp green apples, and the taste of ripe peaches, pears and a touch of lemon with a light banknote of sage and wild oregano to top it off. There’s even a slight hint of fresh mint leaves that makes it a perfect accompaniment to salads, seafood and grilled chicken or lamb. I tried it with fresh basil pesto on bowtie pasta with a smattering of diced garden tomatoes and finished the bottle before I could even get to the main course of grilled chicken brushed with olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon zest and fresh garden oregano. At $14 a bottle (case price discounts at some retailers can bring the price down as low as $8.99 per bottle), it was a no-brainer to pop the cork on a second bottle!