Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Murphy-Goode Chardonnay

The Los Angeles pan-Asian restaurant Buddha's Belly serves wine - whites, at least - in little stemless glassware which is cute and all, but the glasses are really tiny and you don't get such a great pour.  Fortunately they have a decent list of reasonably priced wines.  Maybe they just want you to like the wine so much you'll order another glass.  I guess that's good marketing.

We stopped in for lunch and I ordered a tiny little serving of a very nice wine - Murphy-Goode's California Chardonnay.  Eight bucks for a small glass may be a bit steep, but at least it's tasty.

The Sonoma County winery states that the grapes are sourced from some of California's cool regions.  The nose shows oak spice and tropical notes with a bit of pear also appearing.  The taste is oaky and full, all buttery and soft with flavors of pears poached in vanilla.  It's a good, old-fashioned California Chardonnay which was a hit with the chicken salad.

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