Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Fresh Salad, and Yarden Odem Organic Vineyard Chardonnay
This past weekend we were lying low given the already past and further upcoming work load of my favorite Jewish Holiday; Passover. So, we enjoyed a lovely meal of roasted lemon and rosemary chicken, Basmati Brown Rice, and a nice fresh green salad. The wine we chose to pair with this meal was the lovely and highly successful 2007 Yarden Odem Chardonnay, Organic Vineyard. The 2007 Yarden Odem Chardonnay has been a huge hit since it has made its way onto the scene in 2002. There are three Chardonnay labels in the Yarden portfolio; the baseline Yarden Chardonnay, the Odem Vineyard Chardonnay, and the flagship Katzrin Chardonnay. Personally, I like the Odem Vineyard Chardonnay more than the oak laden Katzrin or the more pedestrian baseline Yarden Chardonnay. The Odem Chardonnay shows more fruit, a tendency to use less oak, and a longer shelf life than the other options. Also, the price on the Odem Chardonnay is extremely reasonable.
The 2007 vintage of this wine is different from the 2008 vintage, or previous vintages. The 2007 vintage has more depth, but is mostly characterized by flavors that are not fruit driven; creme, brioche, oak, almond, etc. There are still fruit flavors, but not the tropical fruits we have come accustomed to. There is the usual pear, along with baked apple, lemon, fig, and a semi tropical fruit flavor of pineapple.
The 2008 vintage is pure tropical as is the 2009, with the earlier vintages being equally tropical and summer fruit. Either way, this label is a true joy and given its price it is a true long-term winner. The 2007 will cellar lovely for at least 4 more years and maybe more. I tried it a few months back and I think it was not ready. Now, it is finally peering out from behind its shroud and cloud of youth looking forward to its coming years of joy and adulation.
The wine note follows below:
2007 Yarden Odem Vineyard Chardonnay – Score: A-
The nose on this light gold with green and orange reflections is screaming now with rich toasty oak, pineapple, brioche/toast, fig, baked green apple, grapefruit, rich fluffy creme, almond, citrus, and pear. The mouth on this rich full-bodied wine is filled and coating with nice toasty oak, pear, pineapple, fig, and citrus. The mid palate is balanced with mounds of acid, almond, rich oak, and brioche. The finish is super long and spicy with fig, toasty notes, almond, pineapple, and mounds of lovely acid and oak. A truly super rich and lovely wine that lingers long on the palate and one that can linger for 4 or so years in your cellar.