This wine is a favorite in the event circuit, why, bang for the buck or value for the dollar, along with being accessible to many different wine palates the 2011 Chardonnay by Cupcake is just plain good.
An even light yellow color this wine has a strong opening nose of green apple, a bouquet that grows as it warms in the glass. Medium weight in the mouth the sensation is one of creamy softness, very, very pleasant compared to the many thin tasting Chardonnay wines in this price range. While that creamy character does cover up some of the fruitiness, apple and lemon are evident along with a hint of lime on the back end. Nice length and acidity on the finish make this a great wine for the table or on its own.
We served this wine with a meal of fettuccine and shrimp in a light Alfredo sauce dusted with shreds of parmesan cheese, wow, a great pairing. For those who aren’t fans of pasta try it with roasted chicken and green beans, another good fit. For those not wanting a meal, the 2001 Cupcake Chardonnay wine is outstanding on its own.
Available all over town you shouldn’t have to pay more than $10 for this wine, in fact $8 to $9 is not difficult to find in the grocery aisle or wine store. Would I buy again? Yes, this is good enough and flexible enough in serving options that Cupcake Chardonnay could be a mainstay in my pantry.