In the mood to try a new wine for the summer, I picked up this Concannon Vineyard Chardonnay. Before tasting it, I prepared a green salad with left-over Rosemary Grilled Chicken. I was in the mood for a light, but flavorful meal. But, would the wine compliment the dinner? I'd soon find out.
I popped the cork, and took a whiff. Unfortunately, my nose is slightly stuffed from allergies, so my sniffer wasn't working its best. But from what I could tell there were hints of grapefruit and pineapple in this light straw tinted chardonnay.
This 2006 wine is light to medium-bodied, and reflects the pineapple and grapefruit tones that my nose detected. There is a definite alcohol crispness in the initial taste that lingers on the tongue. In fact, it lingers almost a little too long and almost hides the fruit. The wine then ends on a sweet note as the sip finishes.
Concannon is based in Livermore Valley (about an hour east of San Francisco), but gets the grapes for this wine from the "Central Coast," which is located a few hours drive to the south. Unfortunately, Central Coast that doesn't say much about the grapes, because the central coast of California is quite large and the areas can vary from hot and dry, to cool and moist. But generally, the grapes produced there are pretty good.
This wine was good, but not great. I'll drink it again, but I don't think I'll be buying it any time soon. I tend to like Chardonnays less acidic and more buttery and oaky.
Price: $ (under $10)
4590 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA 94550