A bottle of Inspiration Vineyards 2008 RRV Chardonnay landed on my desk at the office, and I decided to try it out Sunday when my GF was making a spicy Asian shrimp dish.
Initially I did a PnP on it, and did not like it at all. Very muted nose, not much going on on the palate.
Fast forward about an hour, dinner is ready, and the wine is more closer to slightly chilled, just a bit below room temp (~70F).
Wow what a difference, completely different, and very, very good!
The color in the glass is a lovely golden yellow. A quick swirl shows lots of long, slow moving legs.
A sniffy sniff provides a beautiful nose of Meyer lemon, and Crème brûlée.
First sip shows a refreshing crispness, a bit of peach/stone fruits, a little butterscotch, perhaps a little bit of butter, but in a well balanced and well rounded way, definitely not a butter bomb.
The finish is a medium finish, creamy, with almost a peaches and cream thing going on.
Overall once the temp raised on this, I really enjoyed it. It drank well solo, and paired very nicely with the spicy Asian shrimp dish, having the acidity to fair well with crunchy Asian spicy sauce. I've enjoyed a number of Jon's wines, he crafts beautiful whites and reds (love, love, love his Zin!!). His Chardonnay's that I've tried (many) have always been delightful, well balanced, and well crafted. If you're a Chardonnay fan, I believe you will enjoy this one very much!