Too often value-priced wines in the $8-$12 range try to be something else. They pretend to be more upscale. In the case of Chardonnay, this often results in heavy, syrupy, artificial-tasting wine. Lucky for me, the folks at Argyle winery in Oregon understand what a $10 Chardonnay should be: It should be simple and crisp, with a hint of creaminess and/or spiciness that lets the average wine drinker know s/he is drinking Chardonnay. In other words, A Basic Chardonnay.
- From Oregon's Willamette Valley
- Light gold in color - a delicate-looking Chardonnay
- Simple scents of pear and apple, along with a hint of cream, vanilla, and cinnamon/clove spice
- Medium body with a crisp attack in the mouth, followed by a full, pleasant finish
***.5 (3.5 stars out of 5)
If you've given up on Chardonnay for whatever reason. Come back to Char' with Argyle - you'll be happy. In addition to being simply good-tasting, Argyle Chardonnay is extraordinarily flexible. Try it with poultry, fish, or even a sun-dried tomato pizza.