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Today's Wine Tasting Note

© Copyright 1997 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

We had a wine-loving friend over for dinner the other night, so I took advantage of the occasion to open a couple of unusual items that I'd been hoarding for a while:

Matua 1996 Gisborne (New Zealand) Judd Estate Chardonnay ($14.99)
Clear, pale gold color. Apples, pineapple, butter and oak aromas carry over intact onto the palate in a full-bodied flavor, with tropical fruit forward and oak in reasonable perspective. Definitely resembles the California style of Chardonnay, but a good one. Importer: Preiss Imports, Whittier, Calif. (Dec. 6, 1997)

Hidden Cellars 1995 Mendocino (California) ($4.99)
A low-price oddity from a very unusual grape, Chauché Gris is a synonym for the not-much-better known Trousseau Gris. The grapes is considered a poor relative of Riesling, and this wine is, too. It's a clear straw color with a startling caramel-apple aroma; on the palate it's clean and fresh but very simple, slightly sweet with a faint vegetal green-bean quality in the background. Not worth repeating, even at the price. (Dec. 6, 1997)

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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