- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Twin Fin, Chardonnay, California, 2004, $10

This is a great party wine. Marked by rich fruit flavor, it exhibits fine balance, so it tastes neither blowzy nor shrill. Medium-bodied, with evidence of a restrained use of oak, it tastes satisfying but is in no sense overwhelming, making it a good partner for all sorts of light fare. Best of all, the price is right.

A glut of quality wine grapes in California accounts for a wine of this quality coming in at such an attractive price. Although Twin Fin simply names the state on the label, all the fruit for this 2004 rendition came from Monterey County.

Like many good Monterey chardonnays, it marries tropical and citrus flavors, its nuances and subtleties reflecting an interplay of different fruits rather than the presence of earthy or vegetative elements. In turn, that bright, fresh, fruit-driven character makes it a wine that is very easy to enjoy.

Because ripe flavor gives this chardonnay its charm, it is very much a wine to enjoy in the short term. It should provide tasty drinking all through the fall and winter, so, given the price, it is well worth buying by the case — especially if you’re thinking of throwing a party.

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