Comtesse Therese’s Russian Oak Chardonnay 2007 is a medium gold in the glass. Demonstrates a classic reserve style bouquet of aromas of vanilla, toast, butterscotch, lemon crèmes, band aids, and backed apples; rich, fun, and ripe. Palate displays a good fruit balance of baked apples, mango, and cantaloupe with emerging winter spices and some nutty themes of walnut and almonds. Shows excellent complexity. This medium bodied Chardonnay has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel; ripe and rich with a velvety glycerin texture. The wine demonstrates enough acid to keep from getting fat. It show a good balance between cellar flavors and fruit and avoids getting heavy or overstated. Comtesse Therese continues to experiment with unusual Eastern European oak with some definitive success. The Chardonnay takes on very different characters based on her oak choices. Interesting finish is moderate with the walnut and almond themes presenting over fruit and a touch of white pepper. Good as an aperitif for those who don’t mind some oak on their wine. Pair with pastas with cream and cheese sauces or cheese plate with fresh fruit. Very well priced.
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