Jon says... Don't Buy
If you read our post last week, you know that Ravenswood refuses to make “Wimpy Wine”. Well, this chardonnay is no wimp. It’s got a lumberyard of oak right up front. But it’s also packed with green apple flavors. They claim to have aged some of it in stainless steel to give it fruit flavors in addition to the oak.
Looks like Ravenswood tried to strike a balance in the chardonnay wars. But, is compromise a good thing in the battle between oak and fruit? I don’t think that you get the best of both worlds in this bottle. Instead, you get an abundance of conflicting flavors. It’s too much.
If you’re going to make a non-wimpy wine, you have to make up your mind: oak OR fruit. You can’t have it both ways.
Ted says... Well Priced
Ravenswood’s motto is “No Wimpy Wines” and this is certainly not a wimpy Chardonnay. But compared to the Toasted Head Chardonnay this is a wimpy wine.
On the nose it has some green apple notes but not too fruity. It is full bodied and has a bit of vanilla butteriness that is highlighted as the wine finishes. While the Toasted Head could live on its own—allowing you to really taste the oakiness and enjoy it—the Ravenswood needs some food to offset the oakiness. Otherwise it’s just sort of bland, like it’s missing something. Grill up some spiced chicken and it’ll really highlighted the wine. For me it went from “pretty good” to “very good” with grilled chicken. Definitely a food wine.