Been thinking about getting back into blogging recently. Truth is, I'm pretty much just drinking wines I distribute and/or wines that I've already blogged on in the past so there just hasn't been much reason to hunt and peck on the keyboard. But as I was out making sales today I realized I didn't have anything at home that would pair well with tonight's meal featuring a rich risotto topped with sauteed shrimp. So I bought this at my last stop of the day along with his last two bottles of Samuel Adams Third Voyage Double IPA; my current favorite beer.
The 2009 BaileyanaFirepeak Vineyard Chardonnay, Edna Valley has a light golden color and a rich and round, brioche-like nose that suggests a fat, over-oaked Chardonnay awaits in the glass. But the palate is alive with lemony, mineral flavors and electrifying acidity. A touch alcoholic at 14.1%, but not a major distraction. Finishes with a touch of burnt matchstick which provided a nice contrast to the rich and buttery risotto. A perfectly delicious way to spend $20.