Last January, we wrote a post about 2008 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Chardonnay (a Chardonnay for everyone). We quickly became huge fans with Sally even giving it the vaunted "ingredients to dessert" label. There was only one problem...
A short while later, we spotted the next vintage on sale at the San Diego Wine Company. They specialize in finding really good wine and selling it at really good prices, so of course we snatched up a couple of bottles. The big question was, would the 2009 vintage be just as good as the 2008?
In a word, Yes!
Comparing the notes between the two, the taste was very similar.
2008: Very consistent flavors of straw, apricot, and apple with light acidity.
2009: Light minerality with a floral nose. Consistent flavors of straw and apricot with very light acidity.
Our pairing this time was with chicken baked with honey, lemon, and thyme, butternut squash, and a spinach and arugula salad. Very fall, but light fall.
We opened the bottle while Sally was cooking (ingredients) and liked it so much we finished it off for dessert. Truth be told, we paused for a small bowl of ice cream, but ice cream and Chardonnay really don't mix very well.