Wednesday Wine Review
Clos du Val Carneros Chardonnay 2008
Like most Chardonnays the Clos du Val 2008 does have oaky notes, but since it’s aged in oak barrels for 10 months, this makes since. This chardonnay tastes a bit creamy at first, but ends of with a slight crispness, offering a nice balance. There’s a hint of vanilla, most likely from the oak, which contributes to the creamy start. This moves in to slightly tropical floral notes with a hint of apricot. The taste finishes off with some slight crisp Granny Smith apple and pleasant lemony citrus notes.
The smooth creaminess early on combined with the crisp finish allows this Chardonnay to pair well with just about any course of a meal, or an entire meal. Great with chicken and meatier fish dishes, such as Roast Chicken or Cedar Planked Salmon, it also pairs just as well with a light mixed green salad with vinaigrette.