Generally I am not a fan of California Chardonnay, because for such a long time every one I tasted from California was over-oaked. It was literally all I could taste, and I didn’t like it, so I basically wrote it off completely. This week’s featured wine is definitely NOT your typical oaky Chardonnay.
The 2013 Black Stallion Chardonnay was a very pleasant surprise. You’ll notice buttery lemon aromas with a whiff of apricot after you open it, followed by crisp peach flavors, zingy acidity, and a judicious use of French oak that is not overbearing. This is a very nice, refreshing Chardonnay at an excellent price.
It’s also on the wine list at Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille, where you can try it by the glass and see if you agree with my assessment.
On my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2013 Black Stallion Chardonnay 3.5 corks!
If you’d like to try interesting wines like this at our next Wine Wednesday Tasting Party at Tavolo, click here to win a spot on the guest list!