2008 Urraca Chardonnay
PnP. Pale golden in color. Banana and apricot on the nose. Palate is fresh, if not a bit tart on initial opening. Palate has an oily feel on the front palate, but finishes clean and short. Medium acid. There is tropical fruit, particularly apricot, on the palate and a bit of muskiness that I can't place. Leaning towards forest floor vibe I get from pinots, but to a lesser degree. A bit of that on the nose as well.
After an hour open and the wine slightly warmed, the nose is pretty much the same as the PnP, with predominant banana/trop fruit and apricot. Starting to pick up on subtle hints of oak on the nose and less so on the palate. Short + finish. There is a component of wet stone/slate that is hard to place. I wouldn't categorize it as minerality (at least not how I interpret it) because its not a zing on the sides of the tongue.
This is a good chard, but a different style that we are used to. Found it quite interesting and more complexity than just an average quaffer. I think it would stand up to food, but didn't have a pairing for this. It has good heft and weight on the midpalate. This is a good bottle at $15.
One side note. The cork was extremely hard on this bottle, rock hard. Had to switch to an ah-so to get it out of the bottle as it was simply shredding with the corkscrew. This could have been a one off problem though. Didn't affect the wine at all.