2004 Four Gates Chardonnay, Sangria, Roasted almond breaded chicken, Brown rice, and salad

This past week I had two realizations that I hope people will find useful. The first is that there are truly two different variations of the 2004 Four Gates Chardonnay. They were bottled on the same day and the such, but they each show a vastly different style. The one we had last week, was fruity and rich, but in its peak or starting it twilight. The one had this week, tastes very much like a few we had in the past, oaky rich, creme bruelle, butterscotch, and rich summer fruit. Clearly the screaming difference is the rich oak, butterscotch, and creme bruelle, but the fruit is also different with more tropical flavors in the fruity version.

We have spoken about this discrepancy before, and I guess we can chock it up to bottle variation, but to be sure, I asked Benyo (Benyamin Cantz) , the owner of Four Gates Winery about it. He agreed and said that there was a single bottling, and the variation is just that, bottle variation. I love both bottles, but they are truly different.

Well this week, the wine was not like last week! Last week’s bottle was fruity with oak, this week’s bottle was the rich and voluptuous oak infused butterscotch wine that kept going and going. Both are lovely and I find them both wonderful.

We also made some sangria using a mixture of two or more recipes. For the liquor we used Drambuie, which is NOT an orange based liquor, but one that I had on hand. I also, added more fruit than called for. In the end the batch was nice, but way too much for a single drinker, definitely a drink for a few folks!

My wine note follows below:

2004 Four Gates Chardonnay – Score: A-
The nose on this electric gold colored wine is filled with heavy and luscious toasted oak, a whiff of burnt oak, lemon, melon, peach, toasted almond, spice, Crème brûlée, and butterscotch.  The mouth on this full bodied wine is spicy with Crème brûlée, layers of concentrated toasty oak, along with butterscotch, melon, and a hint of almonds.  The mid palate is packed with more oak, lemon, and bright acidity.  The finish is long and spicy, with tasty oak, butterscotch, and lemon.  The oak calms down a bit with time, but the flavors are still there with tight concentration and brightness.

Posted on July 29, 2011, in Food and drink, Kosher White Wine, Wine and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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