Cooper Point Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2009

By | January 31, 2012

I don’t drink much American wine outside the USA. It seems a little weird to import it to Europe. The really good Californian wines are absurdly expensive here and the ordinary wines are still ordinary, but with a pile of airmiles.

This Cooper Point Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay¬†arrived in a mixed case from Laithwaites, and I didn’t pay much attention to its origins when it came out of the fridge. It was a Chardonnay that could be sploshed into a risotto, and drunk.

What struck me as soon as I opened it was the waft of French oak, a whole forest of it. There was some pineapple and melon too. When I tasted it the melon and pineapple had the flavour of fruit baked over toasted oak, with a blob of butter.
This wasn’t my favourite wine, but it did act as an instant aeroplane. The wine tasted of the USA, and I enjoyed it.