Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hess Su'skol Vineyard Chardonnay

Wine Guy and Wine Gal are not big fans of white wines. For some reason, we just love the taste of dry reds so much that we're usually let-down when we try a white. The one exception to this, however, is Chardonnay. We think it has something to do with the fact that most Chardonnays are aged in oak barrels, giving them the oakiness that we love so much in reds.

As you probably know from our previous posts, we're members of the wine club at the Hess Collection in Napa. It is by far one of the best wineries we've ever been to, and we are consistently impressed with both the quality of the wines and the quality of the people at Hess every single time we visit.

Tonight we enjoyed the Hess 2007 Su'skol Vineyard Chardonnay, which is a relatively new release for the winery. Even though there is a more expensive Chardonnay on the wine list at Hess, we prefer the Su'skol because, let's face it, we don't have very refined palates when it comes to Chardonnays! We talked to one of the employees at Hess about this, who actually admitted to us that she enjoys the "cheaper" Chardonnays that have a more buttery, oaky taste to them. We completely agreed. This Chard fits the bill. It's got just enough of each of the previously mentioned flavors, but not too much, so that it's just right!

At $25.00 a bottle, it's still not your budget wine, but definitely affordable to enjoy every now and then. We're heading back to Hess this weekend with Wine Guy's brother and sister-in-law, and we're planning to buy some more!

Check it out if you get a chance. I don't think it's available in grocery/liquor stores, but definitely available if you order it straight from Hess. Here's a link to the Su'skol Chardonnay specs on Hess's website.

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