A consistent theme during my years in wine retailing was that men thought women preferred white wine, in particular Chardonnay. While it was clear from what they bought women were as likely to purchase a red wine as they were a white and were just as ‘adventurous’ in what they bought as men were. That said, the 2012 Spin the Bottle Chardonnay will appeal to anyone looking for a simple, clean and honest expression of the grape.
This wine is a yellow color in the glass, not straw, not gold, but yellow, with a nose of apple and believe or not sugar, very interesting and not something commonly found in a dry white wine. The flavor is also dominated by apple with a slight hint of lemon in the middle and butterscotch on the back of the palate. Definitely a dry wine with very little residual sugar there is a sense of roundness and a nice light feel in the mouth. The finish has a line of acidity leaving you wanting more, more wine alone or more wine and food if served at the table. If you opt to serve with a meal avoid heavy foods or cream sauces, roasted chicken, lightly grilled fish and side dishes with a citrusy character would all work well. However, the clean flavor and light weight made for a good experience as a standalone drink in our household.
Available under $10 through Total Wine & More the 2012 Spin the Bottle Chardonnay may not be substantial enough for those who like oaky, spicy Chardonnay with layers of fruit and mineral flavor. However, if you want a simple and clean tasting white wine to accompany friends and conversation this might just be the choice for you. Given the total package consider picking up a bottle or two when the weather turns warm in the coming months.