Maker: Alamos, Tunuyán, Argentina
Place of origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Appearance: Brassy gold.
Nose: oak, lemon zest, thyme.
On the palate: Medium bodied and medium sweet. Brown butter, clementine, white pepper.
Finish: A little tart but fades into pretty heavy oak. Not pleasant, but not unbearable.
Parting words: This wine was the result of another grocery store shelf dig. I hadn’t had a chard for a while and I was looking for one with some good age on it from somewhere that wasn’t California or Burgundy and this wine fit the bill.
It’s not bad really. It’s overoaked in the standard New World style, but not by much. I can see this wine going well with fairly standard seafood or roast chicken dishes. On its own, it’s a good enough for a weeknight or a casual chat with friends. The price is a little high for this sort of thing ($13) but it’s not outrageous either. My only criticism is the finish. Maybe a little less oak would have taken some of the bitterness out of the finish. Anyway, Alamos 2008 Chardonnay is recommended.