The weather is nice, and for that reason we are going to open up some white wine this weekend. We wanted to open up something a little special, and this little wine has been reviewed rather favourably by more than one source (including us). I must give fair warning though, it is an oaked Chardonnay. If that is not your "thing", then you might not like this wine.
However, it is always good to have your cherished beliefs challenged, so it is worth trying a sip just to see if you can find some love in your heart for oak.
Aroboleda 2010 Chardonnay — Chile
"Clean tropical fruits, oak spice and a little minerality. Well balanced on the palate with good acids and a nice finish."
Best Chardonnay-Oaked, Wine Access, Oct/Nov 2011
Who knows, we might have a rosé open as well, so drop in to try some good spring wines that may just become your new favourites!
Zenato, Amarone Classico DOC 2007 – Veneto, Italy $64.85
"Light tannins add subtle grip to this supple Amarone. Flavours of sticky, sun-dried date, black cherry and crushed black raspberries with aromatic hints of sweet smoke, loose tea leaf and ground spice. The finish is long and refined. Drink now through 2030."
93pts - Wine Spectator
Mauaro Veglio, Barolo DOCG "Vigneto Arborina" 2005 – Piedmont, Italy $84.85
"Fresh and pretty on the nose with strawberry and respberry aromas. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and fresh, clean fruit. Reserved and precise. Drink 2009-2020."
91 pts – Wine Spectator
Canalicchio di Sopra, Brunello di Montalcino 2006 – Tuscany, Italy $74.85
"With time in the glass, the wine's inner perfume gradually comes to life. It is impossible not to admire the sweetness of the fruit and the impeccable polish of the tannins. All this needs is time. Drink 2016-2026."
94pts – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate