It is well and truly 2003 (how scary is that!) and we are more than overdue for further local wine tasting. And what better way to go than a wine from the stables of the Wente vineyard? The wines from the Wente are widely available on Guam and the biggest selection I have found is at Pricesmart. So, I randomly picked up a bottle that was good enough to write about. It is the Wente 2001 Chardonnay.
The 2001 Wente Chardonnay is created from grapes grown on the extensive acreage owned by the Livermore Valley winery (for those of you who are familiar with the San Francisco Bay area). This is a full Chardonnay with lots of ripe apple, pineapple and pear aroma and taste. There is a hint of butter, but that comes more from the vanilla flavors than the texture of the wine itself. Barrel aging has given the wine a slight oak flavor without being overdone. This smooth, balanced Chardonnay is a classic example of wine from the district. Wente Chardonnay teams perfectly with poultry, pork, veal and rich creamy dishes.