Regular visitors to this space know how much the Wine Curmudgeon appreciates Toad Hollow’s $10 rose. But the rest of the winery’s efforts are also praiseworthy, though they’re usually closer to $15. So when I saw the unoaked chardonnay on sale at Dallas retailer for $7.50, I scooped it up. It’s more than up to its usual standards, with lots of crisp, green apple fruit and some minerality. This vintage also tastes brighter and cleaner than those of previous years. No doubt 2007 will be an extraordinary year for inexpensive California wine.
And, as the late, great Todd Williams always said: “No trees were harmed in the making of this … Chardonnay.”
Drink this chilled on its own or with anything that needs bright fruit and a bit of acid. I had it with homemade egg rolls, and it was a huge success.