Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Liberty School Central Coast Chardonnay 2010
As for Chardonnay, I generally prefer a leaner, crisper type - unoaked, if possible. When the holidays roll around, though, I become a sucker for the big, oaky style sometimes called “California Chardonnay.”
Liberty School comes from the Hope Family of wines in Paso Robles, California. The wines from that line which I have tried are not bad at all, and priced low enough that I’ve seen them as house wines in restaurants and bars.
Their Chardonnay was only $5 at River Rock Lounge in Studio City’s Sportsmen’s Lodge during happy hour. It retails for about $14 per bottle online
The wine has a brilliant yellow-gold tint, which foretells the significant effect of oak. On the nose, tropical pineapple aromas are immediately noticeable, but so is the oak spice. The oakiness in the flavor profile all but obliterates the fruit.
If you want a really big, old-style California Chardonnay, this could be a nice choice. It’s actually a little oakier than I prefer, even in the holidays. I’d pay a few dollars more and choose the Hope Family’s Treana White Rhône blend instead.
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