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2008 Hess Chardonnay
April 9, 2010 - Norman Bentley
A year ago, I wrote about a visit to one of our favorite Thai restaurants with friends, and theteriffic bottle of Hess Chardonnay we enjoyed with our meal. We ordered two seafood dishes andthe House Pad Thai, plus appetizers. It turned out that the food was fabulous, and so was the HessChardonnay, which I had not had in several years. What a pleasant surprise! The wine was perfectwith our dinner, despite a variety of tastes in the different dishes, from peanut sauce to creamy currysauce on the seafood.I, of course, was anxious to try the 2008 Hess Monterey Chardonnay when it arrived in the Atlantamarket place recently. The Hess Vineyards, located in the Monterey area, benefit from the warm daysand cool nights provided by the Pacific Ocean breezes, which blow inland in the evening. This HessChardonnay is well structured with a good balance between the fruit and the acidity. The alcohol is alsowell balanced at 13.4%. The initial aroma was full of flowers, which suggested honeysuckle, and maybeeven melon. The taste was pineapple and tropical fruit, with just the slightest hint of the honey aroma.The flavors of citrus and green apple were evident in the finish, which flowed along with a clean crispnessand mild toasty oak at the end.We enjoyed this with a dinner of chicken tenders rolled in Panko and served with honey mustard sauce.The Hess was a wonderful pairing for this meal. I loved this new vintage and would rate it as better thanthe previous one, and score it a 91.
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