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Thursday, April 28, 2011

2008 Fisher Vineyards Unity Chardonnay

This Sonoma County Chardonnay is produced from a variety of Chardonnay clones such as Wente, Hudson, Dijon 76 and 95. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for a total of 14 months.

On the nose I get aromas of creamy lemon curd, golden delicious apple, toast, caramel, and subtle hints of mineral. The bouquet is clearly reminiscent of the "new world" with it's round and luscious fruit character that is beautifully ribboned with caramel and buttery oak.

On the palate the wine has a round and waxy texture and shows flavors of lemon pie filling, baked apple, bees wax, toasted oak, and hints of nutmeg. The finish is medium-long in length and has some spicy oak notes and a dash of yellow apple and lemon curd.

Over all it's not a bad bottle of wine, however I think it lacks depth. I feel like I've literally tasted two to three hundred Chardonnays exactly like this. It's rich, round, and flavorful, but it is kind of boring and predictable. I think it lacks a bit of focus and acidity, and to me it seems like this style can just be mimicked by anyone with some above average fruit and a few new French oak barrels. 86 points

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