sciara wrote:Lab Rat Report:
Well since I've been moved to the night shift it has become extremely difficult to enjoy a bottle of wine. However, it was my duty to Rat this week. So, I grabbed the chilled bottle of Roessler Brosseau Chardonnay, threw it in my gym bag, and snuck it right into flight tower #4 at Kansas City International Airport. My tasting partner? None other than captain James B. Drunk. His only request...that I not handle his commercial flight. I told him to relax that I have been an Air Traffic Controller for 7 months now. I am a professional. No accidents in the past 4 & 1/2 weeks, and only one near miss.
OK. OK, just kidding. Tonight I came home from a day of golf to find a "missed you" notice from Fed Ex. I immediately drove to the Fed Ex facility and picked up the wine. My wife and I tasted it. She loves whites. I enjoy them, but Pinot's are my true love.
After chilling the wine, we opened before a late dinner. The color of the Chard is a beautiful gold. We took our first sips immediately after opening. Both smell and taste were overpowering with a buttery taste/smell. The wine had quite a bit of heat on the tongue. It was extremely surprising considering that this is a Roessler wine. At this point it is 9:45PM Central. I am wanting to like the wine, it just isn't happening yet. I waited 10 or so minutes before filling the glass and tried another sip. The "heat" or "bite" has started to subsided at this point. The wine is starting to open up and take shape. No longer does the wine taste like a glass of movie theatre butter, but more like a touch of butterscotch candy and a hint of Lemon? The oak is not overpowering, which means that it is very subtle, because I can not handle an "oakie" wine. I think I taste hints of pineapple, mango and some other fruit. However, this is NOT a sweet wine. The fruit is subtle.
OK. We are getting much better now. It is around midnight. The butterscotch/fruit/light oak have merged into a silky smooth taste that works much better than it sounds. The wine is not bold. Smooth and light best explain it. I think the bottle was in shock from a cross country trip to the midwest. Remember, I didn't pick the wine up from fed Ex until almost 7PM. It took almost two hours to really open up.
My dinner consisted of a Ceasar Salad. Not a good pairing. The tartness of the salad really brought out a more citric flavor. This is a good wine on its own. It would compliment a fish dish, maybe something with a ginger sauce or sushi. I personally don't think it is sweet enough to be enjoyed with dessert, but to each his own. I would buy this wine again. I would give it about an 88. Not the "knock it out of the park" homerun like other Roessler wines, but a nice enjoyable Chardonnay.
When my shipment comes I will let the bottles rest AT LEAST 2 weeks before opening. I think that will help with the shock. Also, I am not sure about decanting a white wine or if that is a no,no. It may cut that two hour window down some. Overall, thumbs up.
PS I have 1/2 glass left in the bottle. I will give additional notes on the last 1/2 glass Saturday.
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