Run Riot Chardonnay Central Coast 2015

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Central Coast

Varietal   Chardonnay

Retail Price   $16.99

ABV   14.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, golden straw color.

Aromatics

The nose reveals a big and buttery Chardonnay with a generous note of lees harmonizing with ripe peach, lychee, and tropical fruits.

Flavor

The palate fully concurs with the nose delivering a rich and chewy fruit and brown butter core with flanking notes of tropical fruits, lemon curd, and brioche.

Intensity & Texture

This is a big Chardonnay with fat butter and fruit notes foiled by a bright dose of citrus and firm lees accent.

Cool Factor

B+

The Run Riot brand is all about bold flavors and this is quite evident in their Central Coast Chardonnay.

Value Grade

B

The marketplace of $15-20 Chardonnay is a heavily trafficked zone. For lovers of massive Chardonnay this will hit the right ratio of pleasure to dollars.

Analysis

Run Riot is a wine brand with a point of view. They aim to make wines that are big and bold, eschewing all notions of subtlety and simply packing as much flavor and texture possible into a single bottle of wine. These wines will either thrill you or you may find that they are not your cup of tea. That's the point. The Run Riot Chardonnay is a massive wine nearly in need of a fork. While this is not my personal cup of tea upon tasting it I instantly thought of friends who will adore this wine. Taste is a very personal thing. Personally, I found much more to love with the Run Riot Pinot. 87 points.

How to Enjoy

Serve well-chilled in a glass after work or on the weekend. It is a great wine with pre-dinner finger foods.

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