Loving a Good Contradiction

Artesa, Carneros Estate, 2004 Chardonnay has contradictory desires, and I do love a good contradiction now and then.  With the choice to be smart or pleasant, you can guess which choice this bold bottle prefers. A throaty coolness sizzles in apricot, melon and lemon meringue whip, stacked on top of a tart yeasty yogurt-ness eager to unbutton what it takes pleasure in achieving.   Served too cold, this wine is tempestuous, and warming up takes time.  Even upon opening, it’s a bit stand off, steely, –ok, practically antagonistic.  But give it a moment.  Wait…wait…waaait.  GO!  It evolves into toasty fruit dipped in liquid caramel, big and smoky and cottony fresh.   Perfectly balanced with love and deceit, this wine stands up, gets noticed and leaves; noting your desperation for just one more single drop.

Just one?  Please?

 

I drank it: Indeed.

Retails: $40

Thumbs up?  Tremendously

 

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One response to “Loving a Good Contradiction

  1. If possible – I will try to get my hands on a bottle of this over here in little Europe.

    Who can resist: “A throaty coolness sizzles in apricot, melon and lemon meringue whip, stacked on top of a tart yeasty yogurt-ness eager to unbutton what it takes pleasure in achieving”.

    Good call!

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