You know those wines that you can always count on? The ones that are so good no matter how many times you taste them? The ones that you can safely order when someone at the table says, "You're the wine expert, what should we get?" (I don't care how long or often I write about wine, that is still an incredibly intimidating sentence to hear directed at you.)
Well I found another one recently. It's been on my winey radar for a while, but I have just never tried it. But I reached for it one day and I am so very happy that I did.
The wine in question is Bogle Chardonnay (2013, 13.5%, CA). I've had some of their other wines, their Essential Red is quite yummy. So I should not have been surprised that the Chardonnay was equally as good. But still, I didn't know it would make it onto my Favorite List!
But make the list it did. Why? The nose is full of pears and yellow apples. Those were also the first flavors that showed up when I sipped it. Added into these were cinnamon and nutmeg. At the end was a kick of tangy oak. This was was so mellow in the mouth. Round and full and flavorful.
The second time I tried it, I found that nothing had changed. I liked it more and more. And it slowly dawned on me that I'd found another go-to wine. Not just because it was very, very good (direct quote from my wine journal, by the way), but also because I could see it going nicely with a whole lot of different foods. Pork, lamb, chicken, seafood - it would work with them all.
I also used it to make my rosemary-herbed pork chops with wine shallot sauce (OK, so it's my recipe because it's on my Pinterest board...but I did make it) and oh my, was it ever tasty. I love to use a wine in a recipe and then sip it as well. It's such a full circle type of feeling, you know?
If you like your Chardonnay full of mellow fruit and pie seasoning flavors, oaky, but not overly oaky, you will love this wine. And if we are ever out to dinner together and I get asked to pick a white wine, it's a pretty good shot that it'll be this one!