August 15, 2012

Cattail Creek 2008 Chardonnay - No Oak

Found August 2012

Ever wonder what happens to an unoaked Chardonnay if left a little too long?  I wonder no more.  I know there are some out there who love age on their Chardonnays (and others that don't) - but I can tell you, at least from some limited experience, make sure they are oaked before you lie them down, or you'll end up like this Cattail number.  There was nothing horribly wrong with it, it was just tired, flabby, flat, uneventful and seemed almost slightly oxidized.  The fruit had dried out of this once lovely wine - it must have been lovely I had three bottles of it.  But now it isn't even good for the stew.  Oh well, you win some you lose some, this bottle and the two others I have, are definitely destined for the drain.  Lost & Found Rating: Trash


Cynthia Cosco said...

Yes...I would think an 08 Unoaked Chard may be a little to far gone. I think most unoaked Chardonnays are made to drink now...


Michael Pinkus said...

But it's always an interesting experiment to see if maybe, just maybe it survived - especially when you happen to find one lingering in the cellar. Better to find out if it's a gem before you junk it.