Parkers Estate Chardonnay 2008

parkers estate chardonnayEquivalent to meeting someone whom you become interested in on your first trip to a European country, but then have to leave. There was only enough time for brief sparks before you had to leave them. Not enough time for flames.

Color

Very pale for a Chardonnay. A little…too pale. Almost looks like a Pinot Gris with these grey tints I’m seeing.

Nose

Asparagus. Raw, cut asparagus. Some citrus and a shot of almond.

Taste

Great acidity. That’s what hits first. The wine is firm but not overpowering. Expected more oak from a Sonoma Chard, but not bad. A nice 1-2-3 structure: Acid on the attack, good fruity fig, then almond, then the vegetables, crisp finish. Some oaky vanilla on the tail. A solid wine.

With Food

Honestly, vegetables. This is a veggie wine. Put some type of protein in your dish if you must, but go low on salt. Stick with vegetables as the centerpiece and you won’t regret it. If you remember our Pebble Beach Grand Tasting menu, thinly-sliced raw asparagus with olive oil, lemon and parmesan was one of the best things we ate. Asparagus Carpaccio, they called it.

Where to Buy

Gets difficult here because I found this at a local Ralph’s supermarket for $11.99. Outside of California I believe there is Kroger and Food 4 Less. I have yet to see it anywhere else, so I’d stick with those stores if you can. If someone is able to find it online anywhere, please let me know in the comments below!

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4 Responses to “Parkers Estate Chardonnay 2008”

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more about the veggie recommendation! Found this wine at Ralph’s this tonight for $10.99. Had never tried it before…Put together a simple salad (lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, a sprinkling of feta cheese, and the only salad dressing for me: Galeo’s Miso. LOVED the wine. Loved it so much I googled it and found your site. You are absolulely right on in your description. Will definitely bookmark “Wine Welfare”!

  2. Wine Welfare Says:
    July 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks for reading and commenting! I really appreciate it! Glad you enjoyed the Parkers Estate. I stumbled upon it in a Ralph’s as well, having never heard of it before. The flavors were completely unexpected to me, being that it is a California Chardonnay. I was expecting more buttery flavors but instead had a real interesting time drinking it! Thanks for bookmarking me, and I hope you keep reading. I’ll try to keep it interesting and informative!

    Cheers!

    Brian

  3. You have really hit a homerun with 2008 Chardonnay. We have been buying at Ralphs and it comes very close to La Crema which has just gotten above our price range. Keep up the good work.

  4. Wine Welfare Says:
    August 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Thanks, Mike!

    Glad you are enjoying my take on ’08 Chardonnays. Interesting to note how La Crema prices have risen a bit above your price range (which I’m assuming is around $15?). I’m expecting to see more of that in the coming year or two as 2010 has been a rough year up in Napa/Sonoma.

    Hope you keep reading! I’ll try to keep it interesting (and accurate)!

    Brian

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