Brief Wine Notes – 2009 Diatom “Huber” Chardonnay

24 Jun

The Huber Vineyard Chardonnay from Diatom is vinified from the old Wente clone, and was planted almost 25 years ago.  I have previously reviewed wines from Diatom on other forums and expressed my concern regarding the ability of this wine to be interpreted as “Burgundian” while boasting an alcohol level labeled as 15.9%.

There is no doubt in my mind, after sharing a bottle of this wine with my tasting group, and the remainder with my wife, that the alcohol level shown on the label is accurate, but equally undetectable (until it is too late).

Aromas of white flowers, citrus blossoms, lime zest, stones fruits (nectarine, white peach), wet slate, and honey.  Palate follows through with citrus, honey, stone fruit, and wet stone (as if you did not see this coming).  In addition to the prodigious alcohol level, this wine boast a medium ++ acid level and a long finish.

A huge wine certainly by Burgundian standards, and even by Californian standards.  Pair this wine with rich seafood dishes, poultry with cream sauces, or drink on its own for simply pleasurable reasons (and at your own risk).

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