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2010 Meridian Vineyards Chardonnay
February 3, 2012 - Norman Bentley
Meridian Vineyards produces an excellent Chardonnay, for a value price, from grapes grown in Santa Barbara County, California. The climate there is warm during the day and cooled at night by incoming Pacific Coast breezes. The 2010 Meridian Vineyards Chardonnay is a great choice for a wine typical of California Chardonnay, with lots of fruit and a clean finish.
We enjoyed a bottle of the Meridian Chardonnay recently with some broiled cod and a side of pasta Alfredo, accompanied by warm bread and a tossed salad. The Meridian is a pale straw color, and is bright and crisp with lots of good fruit suggesting apples and pears, with a mellow and toasty oak finish. There is a slight citrus taste in the finish which complements the fruit and oak flavors.
This wine would also pair well with cold fried chicken, or some cheese and a bowl of fruit. It also gets my recommendation as a "Back Porch Sipper", to be enjoyed by itself. Norm's score is 86.
Price: $8 - $10
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