If you’re not familiar with the terms, just know that you can have horizontal wine tastings and vertical tastings.
It was surprising the differences in each vintage of the Chardonnay.
We started with the 2008. Kevin and I had differing opinions on this one. I thought it was the lightest, although it had spice on the nose. He thought it had the heaviest oak flavor.
Our score is the same, even if our opinions wildly differed:
Next we tried the 2006 vintage. This was hands-down my favorite of the three. We both thought the 2006 had a nice roundness to it, with a lot of creaminess bringing up the finish. If this was a horse race, I’d have bet on 2006.
We finished with the oldest vintage, the 2004. Kevin this to be more Old World, and I would agree. At this point, the wine had found its more earthy flavors, complemented by some smokiness.
Wild Horse is actually a California winery, located south of Paso Robles and making wines from the Central Coast. They’ve been making wine over 25 years and use the slogan “Unbridled Spirit.” I don’t know if they realize that’s also the slogan on our Kentucky license plates, and for this week, I say Wild Horse Winery is honorary Kentucky. Happy Derby Week!
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