Tuesday, March 24, 2009

$10 Tuesday: Prosperity Chardonnay

Once, again I’ve been successfully marketed to by a wine label. I just couldn’t resist the message of prosperity or the under $8 price tag. That’s right: We’re saving you two dollars and change this week. Also, we haven’t had any Santa Barbara Chards that I can recall so, this was an easy sell.

Sniffing the Cork author, Judy Beardsall, wrote that she never pays more that $25 for a domestic white. I’m with her on that one, especially when it comes to Chardonnay which can tend to be a bit bland. This wine is exceptionally un-bland, and has great body and acidity, unlike some flabby chards that sell for two or three times as much.

Prosperity Chardonnay
Prosperity Wines

Vintage: NV
AVA: Santa Barbara County
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Price: $7.29

Color: golden
Intensity: medium
Aromas: apple, butter, melon, pear, banana-bread
Flavors: apple, pear, lemon essence, nutmeg
Body: viscous
Acidity: crisp
Sweetness: dry
Finish: moderate

Summary: This Chard works hard so you don’t have to. It’s crisp and clean yet smells like banana bread! If you like to keep an inexpensive Chardonnay on hand, this is one that will fit the bill without breaking the bank. I’m going to stop right here because I can see that I’ve slipped into slogan-writing mode… ”Here’s a stimulus package for your senses. Just chill, serve and relax! You just spent less on this bottle than most people spent on one day’s worth of caramel macchiatos in 2008. You work hard, and this year you told the kids they have to pay for their own text messages. So indulge yourself--you can afford to. Prosperity…It’s a way of life.”