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14 Hands Chardonnay
Alison Brooks

14 Hands Chardonnay


Ever walked down the wine aisle and picked out a wine based on nothing more than the colorful cool label, catchy phrase - OR - because it was under $10? Nothing wrong with that! In fact, sometimes that is the best way to find new wines, and if it is under $10 and it turns out to not be what you wanted, you've only spent $10! Save the bottle for cooking or give it to a friend. Sometimes basing your wine purchase on a creative cool label with a explanation of why the label is the way it is, makes that purchase even better.

14 Hands Chardonnay 2012 has a very colorful label with wild horses running over the front label. Once, long ago, wild mustangs roamed the Columbia River Basin, drinking from the river during the day and retreating back to the hills at night. If you're not a horse person 'hands' won't make much sense. "Hands" is the unit of measurement in which the height of a horse is determined, measuring from the horse hoof up to the top of the shoulder blade. The horses that roamed the hills and river's edge were 14 hands (not very big for a horse). Not only is this a cool label, the reasoning behind it is pretty awesome too!

Now to the wine. 14 Hands Chardonnay is one of the wines that, once the glass is poured, you just can't put it down. The aroma is a intense (in a good way) melon and vanilla. Sipping this wine and your palate is greeted with a creamy subtle oak (not overpowering oak), crisp apple a touch of spice. It coats the mouth in such a pleasant way. Such a fresh clean wine. Not too heavy, but not too light - better known as medium bodied. Great sipping on its own, but just as good paired with cheese or a nice salmon with dill sauce. This wine will pair well with food at your next dinner, or be great to sip when you're just horsing around.

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