A Jumbo Chardonnay

In an unusual turn of events, Husband and I ended up hosting Mother’s Day at our house yesterday. We threw together a little soireé for all the IMG_5983mothers in our lives, our actual mothers of course, plus grandmothers, aunts, fairy godmothers, uncles, fathers, sisters, cousins and neighbors. The weather gods blessed us with a beautiful, if not unseasonably warm, May day. The rosé, red wine and Onyx Moonshine were flowing. Spirits were happy and lively. All in all, I’d say the day was a success.

In another unusual turn of events, I unexpectedly find myself home rather early[1] on this lovely Monday evening with a jumbo bottle of Chardonnay open from yesterday’s fête. After nibbling what remained of the left overs[2], I thought, what’s a girl to do but take a sip[3] and blog?

I must confess that I did not have high expectations for this bottle of wine. Not only was this a jumbo bottle[4], but it had been open for 24 hours.[5] I figured if it was bad, I wouldn’t bother with a post, even though it’s been awhile since my last blog.[6] Since you’re reading this now, you can guess I was pleasantly surprised.

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               May 11, 2015
Wine:              2013 CK Mondavi Chardonnay Review
The nose smells like muted granny smith apples. Then I get a hint of vanilla. I sip and it’s soft and buttery, really buttery, with a slight citrus tang on the finish. It’s very smooth and definitely on the thicker side. I’m not as experienced with whites, so I’m not sure if could be classified as full-bodied, but it is certainly not thin.  The color is similar to soft yellow corn, but with the slightest tinge of green.

IMG_6022This is budget wine. College students[7] can afford this. Online you can buy a 750mL starting at $4.69. Splurge on a jumbo 1.5L for your next party and pay $10.99. I’m a firm believer in not serving wine you wouldn’t drink yourself,[8] and I wouldn’t hesitate to serve this at another gathering.[9] This refreshingly crisp wine was a welcome end to the day. Whether you’re organizing a Bar Association event, throwing a dinner party for your law school friends, or hosting the summer associates over for a BBQ[10], you can’t really go wrong with this bottle.

Cheers to a cheap and charming chardonnay![11]

Wine Dossier
Everyone has heard of Robert Mondavi, but until I started this blog, name recognition was all I had. Turns out Robert’s parents, Cesare and Rosa, began writing the family wine history when they purchased the Charles Krug Winery in 1943.[12] Fourth generation Mondavi’s are now involved in running the CK Mondavi Winery, an accomplishment for any family business.[13]

According to the website’s tasting notes, I was fairly on point with my interpretation of this wine. “[M]edium-bodied with a hint of oak. Aromas of lemon and citrus combined with flavors of apple and pear lead to a delightfully crisp finish.” This appears to be the first Chardonnay I’ve reviewed, and that’s probably because I don’t drink much Chardonnay.[14] Chardonnay is a green grape that originated in France and is now widely grown all around the globe. It is said to be the most popular white wine grape, and is used to make sparkling wines, including champagne. DNA testing done has revealed it’s a cross between Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and the nearly extinct, Gouais Blanc. People who know about these things speculate that early Romans planted Gouais Blanc in French vineyards with Pinot Noir vines, resulting in the natural cross-pollination of the two.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Home by 6:15!
[2] Panzanella salad for the win!
[3] Ok, a glass. Or two.
[4] The wine snob in me is biased against them. I’m sorry.
[5] Though it had been properly vacuum sealed and refrigerated.
[6] Mea culpa, mea culpa! I’m a busy lawyer and stuff!
[7] Of legal drinking age of course.
[8] That’s tacky.
[9] That being said, I don’t think buying jumbos for weeknight drinking is a good idea.
[10] Actually, if you’re a partner hosting summers at your home, then you should splurge and buy them some nice, expensive wine. Make them believe that someday, after their law school loans are paid, they too can afford nice things.
[11] See what I did there with the alliteration.
[12] Hence the name CK (Charles Krug) Mondavi.
[13] Robert branched off and started his own winery in 1966; there are now multiple Mondavi wine brands, including Robert’s daughter-in-law Isabella’s Rosé.
[14] Unless, of course, I’m at a summer party and there’s no rosé.