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2009 Mossback Chardonnay

     It isn't even officially summer yet but it is already hot in Houston. This makes it a good time to try some affordable easy to find white wines to sip on the patio while waiting for the seafood to come off the grill. I made a quick trip to my local HEB where I purchased 6 assorted bottles with a 10% off discount. The first from my line-up was the 2009 Mossback Russian River Valley Chardonnay priced at approximately $17.
     In the glass, the wine was a bright lemon yellow with medium intense aromas of pear, citrus and a hint of jasmine. On the palate, it had a full body with fruit flavors that mirrored the aromas and balanced the high acidity. It had a medium length, lemon butter finish. A classic Chardonnay in the French Chablis style.
     I served it with grilled salmon on pesto pasta with diced heirloom tomatoes and Caesar salad and it worked quite well. I think it would also be good with any lemon-butter seafood or chicken dish. 
     A good value for a very good wine!  

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