Levi Leipheimer put in a sterling performance to take the time trial yesterday and, barring disaster, put himself on the podium in Paris. Discovery Channel are having a great Tour, but it may be the lovely Tom Boonen who gets to decide who wins the Tour.
To celebrate Levi’s win here’s a Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Chardonnay 2005. It’s a favourite wine of some friends, so it has happy associations of drinking far more than is wise whilst having fun. It’s a sunny yellow gold and smells of rich vanilla, sweet coconut and ripe peach, melon and pineapple.
It’s dry with a crisp lemon and apple acidity. Medium bodied, with a hearty 13.5%. It has oodles of toasty oak and plenty of ripe sweet fruit, with just a hint of gingery spice. There’s lots and lots going on and it’s almost too easy to drink.
At around £6-7, available pretty much everywhere this is a reliable, crowd pleasing wine, a good example of affordable Californian Chardonnay. Stock up when you see special offers.