Sunday, May 29, 2011

2009 Passaggio Unoaked Chardonnay

Thursday May 26 was Chardonnay Day where folks from all walks of life around the world share their passion for this wine. One of the wines I opened was the 09 Unoaked Chardonnay produced by winemaker Cynthia Cosco. This new style of chardonnay is gaining popularity as it showcases the fruit flavors of the grape without the buttery or oak bomb experience. I still enjoy the buttery/oak wines as long as it doesn't overpower.

Once in the glass you can really smell the wonderful ripe fruit. A nice pear/melon combination hits my nose first. A hint of citrus with a lemon/grapefruit combination. Little mineral at the end and very crisp. I tasted the same vintage a year ago and the aromas changed slightly.

Wonderful tasting wine. I personally loved the 08 and I must say the 09 is even better and aged very well. Pear and apple are the dominant flavors throughout the taste. In the middle the lemon citrus makes an appearance and the finish is soft and creamy.  The flavor combination and aromas make this a hard wine to put down. Passaggio Wines continue to be fantastic year after year. Cindy you get an A+ for this one!


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