Wine Review: Rodney Strong, 2007 Estate Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Price: About $20, as tested $9.97 at Costco

How was it made? 97% French oak barrels, 97% malolactic, and aged 9 months.

According the company literature, this wine should be enjoyed over the next 1-3 years.  It’s near the end of April, 2010 right now, so I believe we are reaching the end of this window, let’s see what it has left shall we?

On the Nose: Pear Pineapple butter and toast, not necessarily in that order, and it’s not abundantly obvious.  The nose is subtle.

On the Palate: The Palate is a lot nicer than the nose lets on.  The fruit is riper than the nose would suggest.  With 97% malolactic fermentation the fruit is predominantly green apple with a little hint of pineapple sweetness interwoven in the oak.

The finish is not that long, and not  complex, but it was well balanced.  Of the two Chardonnay’s I paired with my French baguette, Brie and roasted garlic appetizer, the Rodney Strong was a better match with that particular dish.  The other wine was Merryvale Starmont, read my review here.

One comment

  1. Ya our 2007 Estate Chalk Hill Chardonnay is an excellent food pairing wine. Its toasty creamy body really allows for it to open up to different types of foods ranging from: chicken, pasta, salads, and much more. We enjoy this tasty wine and we hope you enjoy it to.

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