Continuing on with my husband's idea for taste testing several different chardonnays from the Russian River Valley in California, it's me, the wine dork, again.
I'm doing all the taste testing as he is looking at me, with amusement, mind you, down the reading glasses on the edge of his nose.
Well, this was your idea, my husband dear. And this afternoon on this glorious Sunday in Maryland, I'm having a glass of 2005 Martin Ray Chardonnay.
Today, I'm using my favorite tasting glass from Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia. It's just the right size.
Our guest bottle stopper for this tasting is one I purchased at the gift shop at the above-mentioned winery.
It's an old drawer-pull that was fashioned into a wine bottle stopper and it's also another one of my favorites.
Readers should note that for a real wine review, they should go elsewhere. I'm just a girl, who's having some wine, and asking it to love her.
What the hell?
The first thing I notice about this wine is that it rhymes. "Martin Ray, Chardonnay".
Chalk one up, so far. You should all know by now how much I like rhyming.
The winemaker notes that this 2005 Russian River Valley Chardonnay begins with rich aromas, highlighted by fresh peaches, apples and vanilla. It also notes that the wine's superior structure and balance has a backbone of crisp apple, peach and creamy vanilla flavors that continue flawlessly on to a ripe and elegant finish.
Yum. And I can't agree more. This is the perfect afternoon drink to sip as I sit outside on my front porch with a good book and a little knitting project that I'm working on.
It would also be excellent paired with a succulent dish of fresh lobster tails with a rich butter sauce.
Chalk up about another 20 more, then.
On my own personal wine scale, this one gets an 8 on a score of 10.
Signing off here for now, and until tomorrow my friends . . .
Forever the dork,