I’m a big fan of Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, but have never been overly enamoured with their Chardonnay. This 2010 Chardonnay may turn the page on that view however.
I could drink quite a lot of this, especially as a Chardonnay that can be picked up for $20-$25. It needs a bit of air to show at its best, and once it does it reveals ripe peaches and grapefruit, spicy oak, and a beautiful creaminess. All of this though comes across in a restrained manner, and nothing is overdone. There’s a nice texture and grip to the wine through the mid-palate before it finishes off with good length and cleansing acidity. Nice flow, plenty of yum factor, and enough interest and complexity to keep a wine nerd like me happy. I ummed and ahhed between 3.5 and 4 stars, but in the end I really like this wine.