Old wine

old/new wine

A quick post today revisiting something I have written about on several occasions.

I recently found a “deal” on some wine. A white wine blend, 70% Chardonnay & 30% Viognier, from a well regarded French producer. Knowing the producer and looking for summertime whites I decided to give the wine a try. The wine is from 2003, 5 years old, a lot for a white. But I figured that the wine had some oak aging (as does a lot of chardonnay & some viognier) and would still be OK.

While the wine was not dead, it was “OLD” – and tasted as such. The fruit was basically all gone and all that remained was some nutty, honey & woody characteristics.  Not terrible, but not the special wine I hoped to be getting.

I know I have encouraged people to check vintage when buying whites and I should have followed my own advice, but it was such a good deal – or so I thought. Had it been a crisp style wine, like an Albarino or Sauvignon Blanc, I definitely would have passed. But I figured I’d take a shot. OH well. You know what they say, if a deal appears to be too good to be true – IT PROBABLY IS!

Happy NEW white wine tasting!


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