The California State Fair Wine Competition went down last week Thursday, and Bronco Wines 2005 Charles Shaw Chardonnay was the resounding winner. The infamous 2 buck chuck received the highest accolades in the Chardonnay division, raking in 98 points, a double gold, with accolades of Best of California and Best of Class.
All I can say is wow!
I’ve had this Chardonnay before, about 2 years ago, and it was horrible. It actually tasted more like a Sauvignon Blanc, and smelled like funk. But that was then and this is now. With a thirsty consumer gobbling up millions of cases of this stuff, the source for grapes has continually changed, and it’s possible that this years batch is better than it was a few years ago. I guess it’s time to make a Trader Joe’s run and find out for myself.
Are the winemakers employing Malolactic Fermentation to appease the Rombauer faithful? Possibly. Is Fred Franzia laughing all the way to the bank? Definitely
Read [Napa Register.com]