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2008 Castle Rock Central Coast Chardonnay

June 10, 2011 - Norman Bentley

One of our favorite meals is Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, which is very simple to make, since it is just shrimp, fettuccine, and Alfredo cheese sauce, oh, and a lot of fresh garlic, about three cloves worth. A few weeks back we enjoyed this "favorite" with fresh Gulf Shrimp, and a bottle of 2008 Castle Rock Central Coast Chardonnay.

The Central Coast of California is producing some very good wines at value prices. The warm sunny days with cool evening breezes from the Pacific Ocean are accounting for some good Chardonnays, and the Castle Rock is no exception. The wine opens with a delicate nose suggesting flowers interwoven with fresh melon. The flavors are ripe pear and melon, with citrus undertones, which lead to a crisp finish and a touch of vanilla toasty oak. This wine has been barrel fermented, but is not over powering with oak, but rather just the right touch. The alcohol content is 13.8%.

This is a delicious summertime Chardonnay, and can be enjoyed with fish or fowl, or as an afternoon treat served with a bowl of fresh ripe fruit and cheese. Norm's score is 88.

Price: $10 to $14

Score: 88


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