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2007 Joel Gott Chardonnay
March 15, 2010 - Norman Bentley
My wife Mary, "The Chardonnay Queen", is always talking about how much she loves big fruit
Chardonnays with the creamy buttery taste, and a solid oak finish. So, you can imagine my surprise,
when she starts to rave about a Chardonnay which has no oak, and no buttery characteristics! This
only proves that when a bottle of wine is really good, it is very enjoyable, even if it is not your favorite
The 2007 Joel Gott Monterey Chardonnay has never seen oak, and has not undergone malolactic
fermentation, hence there is no buttery-ness and no oak finish. It has been fermented in stainless steel
and is clean, crisp, and pure Chardonnay in flavor! Coming from Monterey, it gets a lot of bright after-
noon sun, and cool foggy breezes at night to produce a very big fruit Chardonnay with citrus and pear
flavors which launch at you on the first sip. The finish is so clean and crisp that it reminds you of biting
into a perfectly ripe Granny Smith Apple!
We paired this wonderful Chardonnay with a lemon chicken dish, and a side of mild lemon-pepper fettuccine,
with some hot French bread, for a taste treat sensation! I loved this Chardonnay, and think it would be a top
selection for any chicken or fish dish, baked or broiled! Since it is new in the market place, I could find no
scores, so let me be the first to tell you that this is a solid 92+ wine!
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