Francis Coppola Chardonnay 2005 Tasting Notes
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Francis Coppola Chardonnay 2005 Tasting Notes

This $15 100% Chardonnay is sourced in Monterrey County, a good cool climate region (although Chardonnay seems to thrive nearly anywhere grapes can grow). It's a good wine, fermented in a combination of French oak and stainless steel.

On the nose I get fairly clean notes of mineral, wood, citrus and pineapple. The wine is dry, with medium acidity, medium body, with flavor notes of oak, cheese, pineapple and pear. That's right, I wrote “cheese,” the result I imagine of malolactic fermentation. The cheesiness is the bitter sort you taste from mature cheddar.

I respect this wine, but I cannot say I enjoyed it. I felt—I may be way off base here—a distinct sense of the fruit fighting with the oak. I was actually stimulated by the cheese taste, but not a whole bottle's worth.


Verdict: Pass
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