An absolutely first-rate wine. It’s dry, silky and savory, showing the crisp acidity and strawberry, mineral and cinnamon spice flavors of a fine Carneros Pinot Noir. Perfect now with crab cakes, roasted salmon, grilled chicken with rosemary new potatoes.
This shows real Chardonnay character, with a creamy texture housing flavors of Meyer lemon tart, vanilla and buttered toast, brightened with lively acidity. It’s great to see veteran Bouchaine performing at such a high level.
Always rich and toasty, Bouchaine’s ’99 drinks bright and ripe. There are white peach and tropical fruit flavors dusted with crushed oriental spices, and the whole is framed in well-charred oak. This is a fat, lush, creamy Chardonnay, polished and satisfying. —S.H.
Bouchaine has a long history of making balanced, delicate Chards, the kind that don’t stand out in competitions, but marry well with food. Their ’06 is dry and crisp, with mineral and slate flavors undergirding citrus, pear and smoky oak tastes.
Here’s a very elegant, balanced Pinot that shows classic Carneros character. It’s a vibrant, likeable wine, silky and dry, with pleasurable flavors of cherries, cola, herbs and spices. The finish is especially rewarding, lasting through a long, spicy aftertaste. Drink now.