Through just convenient timing, had two under $30 Chardonnays in the past week.
2010 Peju Provence Estate Bottled Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley
Tasting Note: 13.8% ABV. 100% Chardonnay. Very rich color. Nose is dominated by buttered popcorn, with some tropical fruit. This has me concerned. Luckily, the nose belies what is a very nice wine, not overoaked, with bold pear and apple along with the rich mouthfeel. Not shy. Finish has a little minerality and acid. This is generally not my favorite style of wine, but for what it is, it’s pretty darn good, and doesn’t overdo any one aspect. Nicely balanced.
Price: $28 from the winery.
2010 Thomas Moray Bourgogne Blanc
Appellation: Bourgogne (Burgundy)
Tasting Note: 13% ABV. 100% Chardonnay. Light gold in the glass. Very tight nose, just a hint of tropical fruit and minerals. Oh my goodness! crisp. More of a citrus than tropical flavor, with stone and great acid. Will be a fantastic food wine, very tasty! I love this style of wine, flavorful and acidic, just perfect to have with just about any fish or chicken dish.
Price: $26 at Chesapeake Wine