Who makes it?
Bread and Butter wines are part of the large WX Brands, which also includes stable mates such as Chronic Cellars, Tangent and Baileyana. These Bread and Butter wines are suit those wine drinkers who love particularly fruity, plump and bold wines. This Chardonnay is no exception to that rule. There is also a Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Rose and Sauvignon Blanc.
How they make it?
This Bread and Butter Chardonnay is made from grapes sourced from the warm region of Monterey and Carneros. Carneros is the cool climate region that specialises in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The wine has spent time in both American and French oak and gone through partial malolactic fermentation to add to the buttery and creaminess.
What does it taste like?
Bread and Butter Chardonnay is unashamedly rich and creamy in the aroma profile and the palate. The aromas reflect the time in oak and mlf. The crème brulee character is spiced with cinnamon, served with a thinly sliced grilled pineapple on the side, topped with toasted coconut. It is full bodied, lush and smooth. A generous dollop of sugar emboldens the fruitiness even more. (It has about 6.5 g/l of sugar.) It finishes with some fresh peach on the length to give it a fragrant lift.
What to drink with it?
This is a Chardonnay that really does better with food unless you are a butter ball fan. I think the richness needs a creamy chicken tarragon pie or a nutty crusted fillet of fish or an onion tartlet.
Quickie review « The label says it all here! Big and buttery, yet has enough fresh acid to balance.»
Country of Origin: Monterey & Carneros, USA
Tasting Date: December 20
Price: £16 | USD$16 | AU$ | €19
Drink: now – 2+ years
Needs food: yes
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