Just say no to OAK!
WOW! What a day. The mercury has reached 90 degrees, in SAN FRANCISCO. IN APRIL! Mother Nature is sure ticked off. The saving grace to this terrible heat wave is that I have been enjoying some very nice white wines of late. Now, you probably know that I am a red girl through and through, and have been known to drink Pinot with my fish, but there is something so relaxing about a cold white on a red hot day.
When I got home from work, my house was an oven, and the last thing I could think of doing was opening a red. So I made
myself some cold chicken salad, and cracked open a bottle of Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay that I have had stashed in my fridge for a while. The unoaked version of the classic white is my cup of tea. I have long held the belief that we have destroyed a perfectly lovely white wine varietal by turning it the color of pee and adding oak essence to it. I personally prefer the minerally citrus inspired dry and crisp light whites from France. While this was by no means a light white, it was a refreshing change of pace.
While it goes through 100% malolactic fermentation, which gives it a rich and creamy mouthfeel. Then, this wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and never sees oak barrels, hence the unoaked label. I tasted butterscotch, vanilla pudding, and tropical fruits as well as crisper citrus notes. This was like eating a juicy green apple, and it was very refreshing on a hot hot day.
I know i’ll be buying it again if i can find it! The Kim Cracford Unoaked Chardonnay retails for around $15-18, and can be found at BevMo and Wine.com among other places. Examples of Chardonnay of this quality and style are why i have permanently cancelled my membership int eh ABC Club (Anything But Chardonnay). I hope too will give some of these a try!