Oh, the joys of Chardonnay. I have been infatuated with Rex Hill’s 2009 Old Vine Chardonnay from the first time I had it. Today, I did a comparison tasting between Rex Hill’s 2009 Chardonnay and Seven of Hearts‘ 2009 Chardonnay (Crawford Beck Vineyard).
Rex Hill still came out ahead. Their Old Vine Chardonnay is just so elegant and refined, it changed and spoke volumes over the hour I sipped it with family. It’s lighter in color than the Seven of Hearts, 13.% alcohol (impressive, for a 2009), balanced, smooth and soft on the palate, has a pleasant bouquet and wonderful mouth feel. It goes from light and refreshing to complex with a savory aftertaste. When paired with salmon it got a sort of pepper finish as well.
The Seven of Hearts sat at 15% alcohol and was a little off-balance at first. It got better as it opened up and definitely got better with food. It didn’t smell very much at first, but ended up with a fruity nose.
I am just so enamored with Rex Hill’s Chardonnay. I don’t remember what their Pinot noirs tasted like, but I will always remember that I love their Chardonnay.