Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay 2008, Central Coast, USA

Robert Mondavi’s Private Selection 2008 Chardonnay manages to be both unmistakeably Californian and respect traditional French Chardonnay traditions.  Priced right for any wine buyer’s budget, this is another high volume wine that has earned market share based on consistency and quality, not on buzz or sizzling promotion.  Fresh with subtle notes of all the fruits that are hallmarks of California Chards, and modest oak.

This wine is the John Fogerty of American Chards, true to it’s character year after year, rooted to folksy traditions with wide appeal based appeal.  Not many people will tell you that Fogerty or CCR are their absolute favourite musical act of all time, but millions and millions of people can sing along to a handful of their golden hits.  Fogerty and his CCR bandmates, never had a number one Billboard hit, but his music still connects with his original fan base and new generations of listeners.  Don’t Expect Mondavi’s Chardonnay to ever become the “It” wine, but in the long run the question you have to ask about this King of the California Chards is “Who’ll Stop the Reign?”

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

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