Thursday, February 28, 2008

2005 Cooper Garrod Gravel Ridge Chardonnay

Popped one of these last night. Smells like buttered toast with a hint of lemon curd. On the palate it's creamy with apricots and vanilla. Could perhaps have done with a tad more acidity to match the seafood cioppino that we made to go with it. Nice finish; not hot despite the 14.9% alcohol. (What's going on? The Santa Cruz Mountains are supposed to be cool!) Good value at $13.50

Overall, the 2003 that I found recently had a bit more going on. The trouble is that it's kind of hard to justify cellaring a sub-$15 wine.