We’ve discussed the major varietals of wine in our Wine on Wednesday series, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and more. We also learned about common wine terms in our Introduction to Wine on Wednesday. Hopefully you’ve learned something new about wine and maybe even started trying different wines. Even people who enjoy drinking wine can benefit from trying new varietals, myself included.
I often stick with my go-to wines because I know I’ll enjoy them, but there are a gazillion different wines on the market and I owe it to myself (and our Daily Dish Magazine readers) to try new wines. So, our Wine on Wednesday series will now focus on reviewing wines to help give you ideas for new wines to try.
Our first wine review is a Chardonnay from River Road Family Vineyard. River Road is a family owned and operated winery located in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. River Road features many wine varietals, including Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sparkling Wine and the wine I sampled for this review, the River Road Chardonnay
Chardonnay is probably one of my favorite wines, and I also love Russian River wines, but since I hadn’t tried River Road before, I decided to try the 2011 Chardonnay. There are several different Chardonnay wines featured by River Road as well as different vintages, but based on the Chardonnay I tried, I’m sure they are all wonderful.
The River Road Chardonnay had a bright, golden color. This chardonnay was a full bodied wine, but still had a smooth finish (see our Introduction to Wine on Wednesday for more information on wine terms like these). But what I liked best about this wine was the flavor notes. I really like wines with buttery and/or vanilla notes, and this wine featured both. Butter was a prominent note in the in the initial flavor of the wine, but a hint of vanilla was present in the finish. As for fruit notes, this wine included notes of apple and pear. Fruit notes were evident but not overpowering or overly sweet, which I really appreciate in a wine.
River Road Chardonnay would pair very well with seafood or chicken, and because of the creamy, buttery flavor, I think this wine would pair well with creamy pasta dishes.
I really enjoyed this wine because it included all of my favorite things about Chardonnay: butter and vanilla notes, fruit notes that don’t make the wine overly acidic or excessively sweet, and a nice, smooth finish. If you enjoy wines that are flavorful and not too sweet, this wine may be a good choice for you.