In return for my old sofa and chair a colleague gave me a gift of wine. Oh how well people know me. While flowers and chocolates are indeed a nice thank you gift, wine is accepted with a different type of joy and happiness. Wine just simply makes me happy and for the record doesn’t make me sneeze. One of the gifts was a Highlands Chardonnay 2012, a wine I was not familiar with. I do enjoy being introduced to new wines.
The Highlands Chardonnay from the Morgan Winery , is barrel fermented in 23% pressed in French Oak along with neutral barrels and is a light golden honey color. The first aroma is rich and musky, reminiscent of a classic Chardonnay giving it the expectations of being buttery and creamy. There is a hint of cantaloupe on the nose but not much other fruit. First taste is much lighter than I expected with a vibrancy that surprises the palate. On the second sip tastes of melon, kiwi and citrus culminate in a long but light mild buttery taste with zinger finish. This Chardonnay is wonderfully easy to drink and turns out it pairs marvelously well with a condo awaiting new sofas and the TV show Elementary. What an absolutely lovely wine.
For dinner, I paired this wine with delicious Salmon Cakes, which I have so say was a wonderful combination.
If you like a lighter chardonnay with all of the elements of the classic, this was is perfect for you.