Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wine Wednesday: Sawbuck Chardonnay

When I was in the grocery store checking out the Chardonnays, I was drawn to the prominent "Mendocino County" on the label of this Sawbuck Chardonnay. After all, Mendocino County, located a few hours north of San Francisco, produces some excellent wines. Good dirt, cool temperatures. It's a grape's dream come true.

Not only that, but it's a 2006, so the wine has aged a few years too. As long as this vineyard has a minimal amount of ability, it should be a great wine. Right?


There are few wines that I've ever poured out of my glass. But this was one of them. The 2006 Sawbuck Chardonnay was an utter disappointment. There were no fruit, butter, oak, or citrus flavors. Just a strong acidity that overwhelmed everything.

I couldn't believe my taste buds. So, I let it air-out. I swirled, swished, tasted, everything I could think of to coax out the flavors. But there was nothing I could do. The acid was there, and clung to my tongue. At one point I thought about licking the cat -- to try to remove this horrible taste from my tongue. But then I thought about it, and decided against it -- I didn't want to get a hairball.

The flavors stayed hidden behind the cloak of acid that dominates this wine. I can honestly say, that I will never drink this bottle, even if it is given to me as a gift. I strongly recommend that you save your money, and avoid buying this wine.

Rating: 0/5

Price: $$ (Over $10)

Wine Info:
2006 Sawbuck Chardonnay
Crew Wine Company
12300 County Road 92B
PO Box 493
Zamora, CA 95698
p) 530-662-1032

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