My husband wanted a pinot noir to sip plus a wee dram of white to go with the sesame chicken lo mein I made for dinner last night, so we opened:
2002 St. Innocent Shea Vineyard pinot noir, Oregon
My first Shea ever, so far as I know, and since the Seven Springs is drinking so well I presumed this would be. WRONG, Mrs. Stone! Great nose of black cherry fruit, plums and violets, but one suspects it's not showing all it can and the ungiving taste proves it. Drinkable, but obvious infanticide and no improvement over two-three hours.
2004 Abeja Chardonnay, Washington State
I was warned that this wine was big big big in a way that made me think fat fat fat and all those tropical butterscotch flavors I despise, like a Washington's-answer-to Pahlmeyer. WRONG AGAIN, Mrs. Stone! No butterscotch at all, and I wouldn't call this tropical. Full flavored but not thick or heavy, and not overdone in any way. Served in large burgundy bowls, the wine is light-to-medium yellow in color, and tastes of asian pear and green apple with light lemon nuances. Solid fruit and lightly nutty with traces of malo and oak-rounded acidity. Really quite delish, perfect for the dish, and yet more proof that I'm over being over chardonnay. $30 at Pike & Western Wines, Seattle.