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Friday, May 25, 2007

Evans & Tate Chardonnay 2005

At least a few nights a week, I take home some new wines to review. Sometimes that works well -- I like the wine, I write something nice. Sometimes it doesn't work so well -- either I don't like the wine, or it's OK, but I don't like it well enough to recommend it. And my mom always said "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all," so I just don't mention wines I'm indifferent to. (Why would you want to hear about those, anyway?)

Last night, I tried an OK Chardonnay. There was nothing wrong with it, really, but it just didn't light me up. It was a competent effort, but it wasn't fulfilling. So I went into today with a Chardonnay Fulfillment Deficit, and decided to spend a few more bucks (but still under $15, if possible) to satisfy my craving.

What I ended up with was the Evans & Tate Chardonnay 2005 from Margaret River, Australia. And let me say this: It makes up for the last three OK Chardonnays that I haven't told you about.

This Chard is very light in color but big in tropical fruit flavors (pineapple in particular, and I swear there's a little coconut -- I almost wanted to stick a little paper parasol in it), with just enough oak to add a dash of vanilla. It's full of body, and the tongue-coating finish is pleasant and long-lasting.

I'm not generally a fan of Aussie Chards, but this one is exceptionally well done and nicely balanced. This vintage is about gone, so if you see it at your local shop be sure to nab a few bottles -- and keep them on hand as an antidote for when you've had too many OK Chards.
M. Zane Grey, 8:21 PM