…or something like that.
I’m a sucker, I’m a nerd, and then I’m a sucker again. Whenever I see an animal on a wine label, I’m automatically drawn to it. And if the price is reasonable enough, say in the under $20 range (and hopefully under $10-$15), I’m likely going to purchase it.
This one I bought for $13, but you can easily find it (along with their other wines) for $10 or less. And that is how much you should pay for it.
Yes, regardless of the grape, the varietal, and without any research whatsoever, I’m going to buy it. Because if someone had the wherewithal and the foresight to post a positive depiction of our animal friends, you have to believe there’s a heart and a soul behind the operation. Whether or not the wine is good is another story.
That’s a segue if there ever was one.
The 2015 Chardonnay from Toasted Head is the perfect example of why purchasing just based on the label. And you know, I didn’t even notice my new friend breathing fire until after uncorking. I thought it was bear standing peacefully in solitude. How nerdy o of me.
Until last year, I had an aversion to white wines that were fermented in oak barrels. To me it just didn’t taste right and undermined all the flavors and aromas that the wine would have to offer.
That changed recently.
I’ve been to many tastings this year where the oaky whites were a pleasant and welcoming surprise. But maybe that was based on how I was feeling, how many wines I’ve already sampled, and the company that was with me. I mean I was in good company upon uncorking this wine, but based on my reaction, I don’t think anyone else wanted to share in my dismay.
The butterscotch or buttery aroma is what stands out the most. And it didn’t work for me. And upon reading the notes, I see the flavors of creamy toast peachy caramelized custard. I’ll take that at face value and yet proceed with caution. That awkward taste for me might have been that custard they referenced. It also could be a lot of things. But I think that oak wasn’t the main culprit.
I like Chardonnay. It was never a wine I sought out, but lately it’s been a refreshing white wine as we’re celebrating these gorgeous and glorious sunny days of Summer. I just wish this bottle would join the list of the many wines I’ve tried because of this blog of mine. They’re not all going to be winners. I was just taken aback by how rough it was and how difficult it was to finish.
I left the bottle for my friends hoping for some feedback. So far (as of this writing) I’ve heard nothing. Take that for what it’s worth. Yet I think some people are going to love it. That’s what makes this so fun. We all aren’t going to like the same things, the same wines, the same grapes, and the same anything. It would be boring if we did.
However, there’s always positives. Even with a wine you don’t enjoy, there’s always silver linings and the glass being half full.
I’m grateful just to have the opportunity to be invited to a friends house and be in a position to bring this bottle of wine to share. I’m grateful for the fantastic pizza that paired with this wine, and I’m grateful to share my story with you. There’s a lot to be grateful and thankful for, even if not everything was like I hoped.
There will always be another wine to try, another meal to pair it with, and hopefully some great company to share the experience with,
I’m grateful to share this experience with you.
For more on Toasted Head, click here for their story, their wines (in which I would love to try another grape), and finally where to find their wines.
If the opportunity presents itself, I would love to try another.
I’ll be looking to write about a Chardonnay made in stainless steel, and expecting harmonious results. Maybe as soon as next week.
Thanks so much.