I always love finding a daily drinker wine. A daily drinker for me has to excel in these categories: taste, value, and pair-ability. This isn’t an easy feat. For a Chardonnay to make it into this category is often unlikely. Tasty, well balanced Chardonnay’s usually don’t meet my value criterion to the point I could afford to drink it daily. Despite my stringent requirements, the Rex Goliath Chardonnay is a top contender for the daily drinker category.
The Rex Goliath Chardonnay is mostly Chardonnay grapes. A small amount of other white grapes are used to help produce a more potent aroma. This wine does see oak. Rex Goliath calls it a “proprietary French oak blend” with different levels of toasting to round out the palate and finish of the wine. I’m not sure if this means barrels or wood chips. The wine has 6.0 per liter of residual sugar and a pH of 3.45. What does that mean to you? Well, it means the wine is towards the higher end of the Chardonnay spectrum of sugars which vary from about 3 to 8. It’s still considered dry but it’s got a very slight sweetness that some of the other chardonnay’s on the market do not. This doesn’t make it taste sweet, however, when balanced with the acid.
The Rex Goliath Chardonnay comes in at 13% alcohol. I chilled the wine to somewhere between 45 and 50 degrees before serving. We used stemless white wine glasses for tasting. The bottle was in good shape and had no cork issues. Upon opening the wine, a faint pineapple and floral aroma lingered around the bottle. The wine is a nice straw yellow in the glass.
The nose of the Rex Goliath Chardonnay is fairly complex. We picked up pineapple as the primary scent and it was closely followed by citrus. After a few swirls and a moment to warm up the nose also displayed apple, pear, peach, nectarine, and vague white blossoms. The flavor on the wine is predominately pineapple and tangerine supported by nectarine, apple, and lemon. The finish is medium in length with a citrus accord and a wisp of dry vanilla.
As for pairings, it really goes well with any chicken, fish, or pasta dish. I’ve also served it with creamy cheeses. The citrus really shines with seafood and fish. Drinking the wine with chicken provides you with more pineapple and nectarine. Pasta with a wine or cream sauce brings out the balance of the wine as does a cheese pairing. It’s a great wine to pair with an apple and cheddar cheese!
My husband and I really enjoy this wine because not only is it pretty good, it’s also an absolute steal. We can usually get this wine for under $5 and I’ve seen it as low as $3.99. Is it a truly fine wine? I can’t say but it’s certainly not in the upper echelons. It is however a solid wine you can use frequently and enjoy due to it’s low price point. On the standard Wine Spectator Scale, we give this wine an 85.