Once upon a time, on a warm Saturday night, a couple of good friends decided to gather on a rooftop and have a blind Chardonnay tasting. Some Napa heavy hitters – Cakebread, Stags Leap, Chateau Montelena… and a less well known Sonoma player C. Donatiello. Huh, what’s C. Donatiello doing in this mix? This wine got rave reviews from Wine Library so I had to give it a try and what better way than to match it up against some hefty competition? :-)
Bring out the paper bags, make those bottles anonymous. It was no contest… the last wine we tried took the prize. Nose = butter, caramel, apple, pear. Creme brulee midpalate with ripe fruit popping out, smooth, buttery finish. Absolutely stunning. I was certain it was the $40 Cakebread Chardonnay. I was wrong! It was the C. Donatiello. On sale for $13 per bottle!
I love when this happens, and am very excited about this wine. This is a bottle to buy a case of, especially at $13 per bottle. This is even a good deal at $20. My new favorite Chardonnay! Well, might need to blind taste it with Lynmar and Sbragia.
$13 per bottle
Team is down 3 runs, GRAND SLAM at the bottom of the ninth!