Robert Mondavi Private Selection Buttery Chardonnay 2019
I think chardonnay might be my favourite white variety. I adore it for its versatility and range of styles. But it can be hard to know what you are buying. That isn’t the case here – it has ‘Buttery Chardonnay’ stamped right there on the label.
And buttery it is. My first thought was buttered popcorn; rich and toasty. Behind the spicy oak is ripe stonefruit and juicy rockmelon (or, since we are talking about American wine – cantaloupe).
On the palate it’s like a peach pie, served with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It has the texture of whipped cream; full-bodied and satin-like. After all that hedonism there is enough acidity to cut through and keep it fresh. If you love your chardonnay oaky and silky smooth then this is for you.
Drink it with braised chicken marylands and lots of crusty bread and butter to soak up the juices.