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2009 Bogel California Chardonnay

January 6, 2012 - Norman Bentley

The best selling grape variety in America is Chardonnay, so we might as well start out the new year with an article about Chardonnay. The 2009 Bogel California Chardonnay is a good solid example of a well-structured bottle of wine for a respectful price. The Wine Spectator liked it well enough to give it an 88 with the following comments:

"An amazing wine, especially at this price. Fresh, intense and vibrant, with sweet pea, green apple, melon and honeysuckle notes that are full-bodied, ending with a clean, crisp finish. The best of three bottles tasted. Drink now through 2014." - 88 points - WS

The Chardonnay Queen and I also liked it for an 88 score, but with a few differences with our taste buds. Most of all, we did not notice the "sweet pea", but everything else seemed to be spot on. I liked the blending of apple and melon, with a hint of pear in its taste, which transfered into a balanced finish, with just a touch of mellow oak. The alcohol content is 13.5%.

We enjoyed this bottle of wine with my wife's Special Shrimp Scampi, which has lots of garlic. The Bogel would be a good companion for almost any fish or fowl dinner, and especially Scallops Alfredo. Norm's score is 88.

Score: 88

Price: $9 - $12


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