Chardonnay is usually a “can’t miss” holiday wine for many of your relations palettes so I thought I’d give this a review before Turkey Day, so you have a chance to pick up a bottle on your last minute trip to the store for that thing you forgot. The Eris 2014 Chardonnay is currently $14 at Trader Joes and will add a little different accent to the feast with its unusual flavors!
The Eris 2104 Chardonnay comes in at 14.5% ABV so expect said relations a bit drunker than with our favorite T-day drink, the venerable cranberry-secco which is also now in stock at TJ’s too. This chard hails from the Carneros AVA, and I’d assume it’s 100% Chardonnay. I’d also assume it had new oak and at least partial malolactic fermentation. I chilled it to about 50 degrees and used a stemless white wine glass for tasting. The wine had a large pineapple note when opened. The color is a lovely dark gold with a peridot sheen.
The Eris 2104 Chardonnay starts off big with a nose of grilled pineapple and peach. It’s also got a hefty helping of lemon, hazelnuts, pear, apple, vanilla, and toasted brioche! The taste of the wine follows the nose with additions of minerals and lively acidity. The finish is longer than you might first think. There is a burst of toasted oak, dried apple, and minerals but as it settles down you get lots of fresh butter.
The Eris 2104 Chardonnay is a great wine for the holiday table especially if you have a grilled, smoked, or fried bird. It will cut through the flavors but also accentuate them. It’s not quite as crisp as I prefer my chardonnay for regular drinking, but for the holiday or a perfectly paired meal, it’s really quite lovely. It should play nicely with all the other holiday favorites, especially any sweet potato or yam dishes. I give this an 89 point rating though the finish length almost makes it a 90. You’ll have to judge it for yourself!
Do you have a Thanksgiving wine already picked out? Let me know what you are serving!