I finally built up the courage to open
my first fine wine purchase. The Stag’s Leap Chardonnay Karia, Napa
Valley 2010. I decided to open it on the sunniest day we’ve had
this year, thinking that the summer had arrived and it was plain
sailing toward the BBQ and sunglasses. Having spent the last few days
in the rain, its safe to say that didn’t come to fruition, however
the Stag’s Leap didn’t disappoint. On that promising sunny May
day, the Chardonnay provided the perfect partner.
It also proved to be the great stepping
stone into the Fine wines I had hoped. It had complexity that I had
never experienced in a Chardonnay, and it seemed inconceivable that
this wine was of the same grape as some of the Australia Chardonnays
or even some other Californian Chardonnays that I've enjoyed, which
goes to show the level of variety in the grape.
There is an instant freshness of pear
and juicy red apples, followed by a caramel smoothness. There is a
slight biscuity vanilla background and it truly lives up to its Greek
name ‘Karia’ meaning graceful. It is by far the easiest drinking
wine I’ve had and will most likely be for a long time.
For the best results with this wine,
enjoy by itself or with a sunny day if mother nature can provide.