This is the grassy, herbal side of chardonnay in aroma and flavor, though it does turn more leanly mineral on the palate.

2011 Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay

This is the grassy, herbal side of chardonnay in aroma and flavor, though it does turn more leanly mineral on the palate. When the wine was a bit warm, I detected a hint of a metallic taste on the end-palate and in finish, which mostly recedes into some citrus in the finish. So it would be important to drink this wine very cold. Pairs with light meals like seafood. Recommended with reservations. BSE

WHO: Craggy Range
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
WHEN: 2011
HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)

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