Simply Naked wine is based on a straightforward premise, to make wine that is a clean expression of California grapes. No oak, no attempt to hide the varietal traits of the grapes that go into the wine make for an interesting idea that depending upon your preference is either delightfully refreshing or simplistically boring. In my opinion the 2011 Simply Naked Chardonnay is closer to the former than the latter, a perfect choice for hot weather and casual entertaining.
The light yellow color in the glass gives a hint to the dry light bodied wine to follow. For those expecting a Chardonnay with weight and pretention the Simply Naked Chardonnay will disappoint. The nose conveys a hint of pear at the forefront with blended fruit in support that may surprise many expecting a full on fruit and spice assault common in many value priced wines. The fruity nose leads into a flavor profile of pear and honeydew melon with a touch of citrus at the end. Not deep and layered this wine is what the name implies, clean and simple fruit flavors expected in a blend of California Chardonnay grapes. For those who like to see how the wine changes over time a tasting several days after uncorking was still tasty, though the citrus finish developed into a stronger lemony flavor in a wine that no longer seemed fresh and delicate
Regularly priced at $8 the 2011 Simply Naked Chardonnay is a good value, though time spent searching for a sale price would be time well spent in these days of rising wine prices. Many people will not appreciate the delicacy of this wine, but those open to the experience might just find a good change of pace from the muddled flavors that low end Chardonnay to often end up being. My takeaway is that after trying the Chard I will definitely try a few other varietals in the Simply Naked lineup. Though not a classic it is an interesting wine and reminds me of Popeye’s self analysis "I yam what I yam and tha's all what I yam."