Friday, July 24, 2020

Bread & Butter California Chardonnay 2017

Bread & Butter California Chardonnay 2017

Picked up this low-cost Chardonnay at Sam's Club to try for simple every day summer sipping. We opened it with dinner of sauteed cod and it was a perfect pairing.

This is a reasonable QPR selection for an every day wine - ideal for such an occasion as mid-week dinner selection.

Bread & Butter California Chardonnay 2017

This was awarded 93 points at the NY International Wine Competition. If you scour enough festivals and events you'll find a top rating eventually for a label.

Winemaker Notes: "This Chardonnay opens with rich notes of vanilla bean and almond husk, reminiscent of a decadent crème brûlée. The creamy notes are balanced by a soft minerality and a hint of tropical fruit. Those creamy notes continue to your palate where they are joined with bright acidity and well-integrated oak that leads into a long, creamy finish."

The producer downplays the fact this is a 'California' wine citing the producer's locale as being Napa, California, that the inattentive might take to mean this is a Napa Valley wine which it is not. The narrative defines it aptly as a California Chardonnay, meaning the grapes are sourced from California with no further specificity offered or required. It notes that it is 'Vinted and Bottled' By the producer, Bread and Butter, whose website offers a broad portfolio of varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé, all non-specific California designated.  

At a $15 retail pricepoint this meets expectations for pleasurable casual every day sipping. S

Slightly brownish straw colored, medium light bodied, rather single dimensional with forward expressive notes of vanilla and buttery oak on the long finish the producer describes as creamy.

RM 86 points.