Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Chateau des Charmes 2007 Aligote - $13.45

As we look ahead towards much cooler weather and ... I hate to say it, snow, the desire for wines that are heavier, like heart and cockle warming reds and monster oaky whites, takes hold of most of us. This week I look at a white that could quite easily be mistaken for one of those big whites, but in fact is as unoaked as a Riesling. Check out the Podcast for it's full story or below for just the particulars.

The nose could easily fool you into believing it's an oaked Chardonnay, with lots of vanilla and buttery notes along with a hint of floral, and touch of almond. The palate proves just as interesting, with vanilla-caramel-apple and a dash of cinnamon; there's a mid-mouth citrus sweetness here that gives way to green apple tartness on the finish, yet shows an elegant smoothness and fullness in the mouth - and yes that hint of almond finds it's way to the tongue too.

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